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Fairphone thinks its fair to offer a not-very-major and slightly-more-recycled new model

More capable cameras, less new plastic. Same opportunity for a warm inner glow

Ethical smartphone maker Fairphone, the Amsterdam-based social enterprise that designs sustainable phones made in exploitation-free factories, will release a new model of its flagship unit in September.

The new Fairphone 3 Plus has the same core stats as last year's model, the Fairphone 3, plus a better camera module and a more environmentally friendly chassis.

The new camera module has a 48mp rear camera and a 16mp front camera, a decent upgrade over the 12mp rear and 8mp front on the Fairphone 3. The company says that the new model uses 40 per cent recycled plastics, compared to just nine per cent on the previous model.

Fairphone's kit offers modular designs that allow users to replace everything from the screen to the camera and the speaker module. Teardown site iFixit awarded the Fairphone 3 full marks for its repairability rating. That's a solid score compared to, say, the Samsung Galaxy S10, which scored 3 out of 10.

The other core stats for the new update, which include a 632 Qualcomm Snapdragon and 4GB of RAM, are the same as the previous models.

As usual, the new model will not come with a charger, earphones, or USB cable, as Fairphone assumes users already have such peripherals.

The Fairphone 3 Plus is available for pre-order now and will begin shipping on 14 September. ®

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