Fairphone 2 Ethical Smartphone is Back with a Sturdy Design

June 20, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

With a desire to wipe out conflict minerals from the smartphone arena, The Netherlands-based Fairphone has now announced a successor to their first ever ethical smartphone; the Fairphone 2.

Fairphone 2 , like its predecessor, will have ethical sourcing of smartphone resources to restrict the consumption of conflict minerals like gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten; the most commonly used ones in smartphones.

But the parameter that hurls the smartphone ahead of the first version is the new stern design, which now comes with a new integrated casing.

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The developers have also revealed the new modular approach in design, which will let its users disassemble the smartphone parts like display, chipset and camera by using screw drivers.

A similar approach was embraced in Fairphone 1, but had a bit of extra soldering that made the disengagement of certain parts a bit difficult. We can expect that to be improved in the new edition.

As with the specs, Fairphone 2 will pack a 5-inch display that will bring out a Full HD resolution, with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

The dual-SIM smartphone will be loaded with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset and will also have a RAM of 2GB, and storage of 32GB. The camera used is of 8MP. It also offers support to LGE technology and microSD slots.

Fairphone 2 will be running Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. The software and apps will also be made open-sourced; an effort to bring longevity with the device. Pre-orders for Fairphone 2 will commence this summer, with the device being priced at $ €525 ($590) for European regions.

Shipment dates are not out yet. The developers also mentioned that the device will get rolled out of Europe only by next year.

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