Fairphone has unveiled the Fairphone 4, retaining all the great aspects of its predecessors, but packages them in a more modern design with more powerful components.
According to Fairphone, the Fairphone 4 has a 100% recycled plastic back panel and a Fairtrade-certified aluminium frame, along with cobalt and lithium that the company promises will be sustainably sourced in the future.
The smartphone industry is considered one of the significant contributors to environmental and human rights issues. The industry is criticised for generating electronic waste, massive CO2 emissions, devastating sourcing practices, and harsh working conditions.
To resolve these issues with a scalable solution, Bas van Abel founded Fairphone in 2013.
The key Fairphone feature is the modular components, which make repairs easy with just a screwdriver. Inside the phone, you’ll find eight easily replaceable parts: the display, the USB-C port, selfie camera, ear speaker, main camera array, loudspeaker, battery, and the rubberized back.
If you break anything, all of these parts will be available for sale on Fairphone.com. The only “non-commercial spare part” is the core module, which features the SoC, storage, RAM, device frame, and fingerprint reader.
“No part of Fairphone 4 is glued shut, so you can choose to easily repair it yourself with a standard screwdriver,” says the company.
The Fairphone 4 no longer comes with a 3.5mm audio jack. Fairphone says it made this decision to be able to offer an official IP rating for dust and water resistance, which was absent in the previous models.
At the heart of the Fairphone is the Snapdragon 750G, which Fairphone complements with 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM. It is worth noting that Fairphone sells two configurations; 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage or 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Additionally, the device has a 3,905 mAh battery, a 6.3-inch display that resolves at 1080p and IP54 certification.
Fairphone has included a 48 MP primary camera, a 48 MP ultra-wide, and a 25 MP selfie camera. Only the primary camera support OIS but both rear-facing cameras are aided by a ToF sensor. Fairphone has not disclosed what sensors it has sourced though, apart from a Sony IMX576 for the selfie camera.
Fairphone 4 has a nanoSIM slot but also eSIM support to be able to have two lines on the same phone. The pre-installed operating system is Android 11, and in Fairphone they ensure the update to Android 12 and Android 13 but they also hope to support Android 14 and Android 15 in the future.
The Fairphone 4 is available in Grey, Green and Speckled Green. All configurations come with Android 11, at least two OS updates and five years of warranty. The Fairphone 4 is available to pre-order now and starts at £499 in the UK. Fairphone sells the 8 GB RAM/256 GB of storage variant for £569.
We track anonymized user information to improve our website.
Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies and processing. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings. Not allowing some types of cookies may impact your experience of our Services and what we are able to offer.
In order to use this website we use the following technically required cookies
Preference cookies enable a website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in. Loss of the information stored in a preference cookie may make the website experience less functional but should not prevent it from working.
This cookie enable us to detect the country of which you are visiting from.
These cookies may be set through our Services by our partners. Some have functional purposes such as capping the number of times you see an ad within a short span of time, but most, through uniquely identifying your browser and the device you use to access our Services and the processing of other information, will build a profile of your interests and show you ads more relevant to them, inferred from your browsing activity. If you do not allow these cookies, you will still receive ads but they will be less targeted and less likely to be relevant to your interests.