Fairphone users can buy new camera without replacing the phone itself

Fairphone users can buy new camera without replacing the phone

Enlarge / The Fairphone 3+ pictured here’s a bit bulkier than a regular smartphone—however that bulk makes it much more repairable, and as of right now’s information, even upgradeable.

Last 12 months, restore information website iFixit tore down the Fairphone Three and gave the modular-designed a uncommon, excellent 10/10 repairability rating. Today, Fairphone demonstrated simply how far its philosophy of modular telephone design can take its customers, by providing the massively-upgraded cameras from its newly-released Fairphone 3+ mannequin to house owners of the sooner Fairphone 3.

Fairphone designs are noticeably bulkier than typical smartphone designs—however they’ve a cause to be. Its elements have been break up into seven replaceable modules as a way to prolong the service life of every Fairphone. Battery getting weak? It’s replaceable. Dropped your telephone and broke the display? Not solely replaceable, assured replaceable—and for fairly technical finish customers, person-replaceable—with simply bought components from the manufacturing facility.

Imagine being able to upgrade a phone piecemeal, like you would an older but still solid PC.
Enlarge / Imagine with the ability to improve a telephone piecemeal, such as you would an older however nonetheless strong PC.

The authentic Fairphone Three launched with a 12 megapixel rear digital camera and an eight megapixel entrance digital camera. The newly-released Fairphone 3+ is actually the identical telephone, nevertheless it gives a refresh on the digital camera modules, bringing the rear digital camera to 48 megapixels and the entrance to 16 megapixels. Owners of the unique Fairphone Three can improve by merely buying substitute modules from the Fairphone store and changing them.

List value for the Fairphone 3+ 48MP rear digital camera module is €59.95 (about $71), and the “Top+ module” (which incorporates the 16MP entrance digital camera) is €34.95 (~$41). Fairphone can be providing Fairphone Three house owners a combo deal by way of the top of September, which will get them each modules for a complete value of €70 (~$85). Either possibility compares fairly favorably to the €469 (~$555) value of the Fairphone 3+ itself.

Unfortunately for our US readers, the Fairphone continues to be a European-only telephone with no US market counterpart. The Fairphone’s 4G radio does not assist the mid-bands used within the US market. So even if you happen to handle to accumulate one one way or the other, it will not make an excellent telephone right here, offering restricted connectivity within the decrease bands solely.

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