The Netherlands-based hardware startup Fairphone has announced that its smartphone is up for pre-orders on its website. In keeping with its philosophy of openness, the company is being transparent with sales figures, and at the time of writing, it has sold 2,725 phones through pre-orders. Pre-orders for the phone will be available for another 17 days and the company needs to achieve 5,000 pre-orders before it can ship them. The phone costs €325, which roughly translates to Rs 23,381. The price includes taxes.
The Fairphone is now up for pre-order
The phone sports a 4.3-inch display with a qHD resolution and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. It is powered by a 1.2GHz MediaTek 6589 quad-core chipset and 1GB of RAM. It has 16GB of internal memory, but there is no mention of a microSD slot. The phone is equipped with an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The phone runs on Fairphone's own custom interface, which the company states is as open as the rest of Android. All of this is kept alive by a 2000 mAh battery. The display of the phone is made of Dragontrail Glass, which is said to be durable and scratch-resistant.
Fairphone had originally started back in 2010 as a project that aimed to highlight the use of conflict materials in the construction of electronic devices that everyone uses. Three years later, it has become a full-fledged company that wants to put its knowledge into building a smartphone that has been “ethically sourced”, which means that a smartphone that doesn't use conflict materials.