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Two years after the previous generation, Fairphone introduced the Fairphone 5 with numerous upgrades to the hardware and tweaks to the design to fit the company's mission to reduce e-waste and promote sustainability. The company says more than 70% of the materials used are either recycled or are "fair-focused", meaning the materials are sourced from transparent supply chains with responsibility for the material footprint.
Additionally, the company offers 5 years of full warranty coverage, 8 years of software updates, which includes 5 major Android upgrades, extremely easy repairability and a removable battery. Not necessarily new features, as these were the staple for the Fairphones in the past, but it's still a unique approach in 2023. Lastly, for each Fairphone 5 sold, people working at the factories get a $2.63 living wage bonus.
When it comes to hardware, the Fairphone 5 brings a bigger and better display compared to its predecessor, a purpose-built Qualcomm QCM6490 chipset with extended support, a duo of 50MP cameras - a standard one and an ultrawide one, aided by 3D ToF sensor and a selfie cam with another 50MP unit. It's evident that the OEM wants to offer a solid camera experience for the market segment. Battery life should also see some gains with a bigger 4,200 mAh battery and faster 30W charging.
The Fairphone 5 is undoubtedly a unique device that caters to anyone tired of changing a phone every two years and wants to have a bit more control over its product. However, it's still important to see the whole picture and assess the handset's competitiveness in the upper mid-range segment. We dive deeper into this review to see whether there are some unforeseen trade-offs you must consider before buying.
The handset arrives in a modest, recycled carton box with some user manuals inside.
The company says that it doesn't want to create more e-waste, and since the phone can charge with standard USB-C cables and standard chargers up to 30W, you likely have some lying around.
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