Fairphone 2: the circular smartphone that can be disassembled and recycled

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The device is produced by a Dutch start-up and can be purchased in Europe only for 530 Euro. It is modular and environmental-friendly.

Pre-orders can be made starting from July, but the phones will be available only from December. It is Fairphone 2, the second generation of the ethical and eco-friendly smartphone created by the Dutch start-up of the same name. It can be purchased on the official Fairphone website only, it costs 530 Euro, and it is the greenest phone device currently on the market: it uses materials whose extraction causes no harm to the ecosystem, its assembly and production observe fair and equitable work principles, and it is designed to be long-lasting and completely repairable in all its components.

It is possible to replace al damaged parts, such as the screen, without the need to ask a specialized repair centre. The phone is delivered directly at home and includes a rubber cover to protect it from bumps.

Fairphone 2 is extremely advanced also in its technical specifications: quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 5-inch Full HD LCD screen, 8 megapixel camera, 32 GB storage space, dual SIM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The operating system is the latest version of Android. These features place Fairphone 2 among medium-high range smartphones. Its modular structure might allow future upgrades, such as the installation of a more powerful camera sensor.

The first Fairphone was launched in 2013 and 60thousand devices were sold so far. Now the company is hoping to market 15thousand Fairphone 2 in the pre-ordering phase.

Fairphone is a social enterprise that is building a movement for fairer electronics. “By making a phone – their website reads – we’re opening up the supply chain and creating new relationships between people and their products. We’re making a positive impact across the value chain in mining, design, manufacturing and life cycle, while expanding the market for products that put ethical values first.”

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