Fairphone 5, a new standard for sustainability

Aug 31, 2023 | Hardware

For years, Fairphone has set an example of how technology companies can be greener and more sustainable. Think about their use of recycled and fair materials, longer software updates, and a modular smartphone design. With the Fairphone 5, the smartphone manufacturer is raising the bar even higher. Read on to find out what the latest addition to the Fairphone line-up has in store for your enterprise. 

Digitisation and sustainability go hand in hand. A vision that smartphone manufacturer Fairphone holds dear. By protecting labour rights, using responsibly sourced materials, a modular design and much longer software updates, it offers thé solution to meet your green IT goals. And with the new Fairphone 5, the Dutch smartphone manufacturer sets yet another standard for sustainability.

Like its predecessor, the Fairphone 5 is designed to be sustainable and fair. The device is made of 70 per cent recycled or fair-sourced materials.

As its forerunner, the device has a modular design. The back easily snaps off and parts like the battery are replaceable. With the Fairphone 5, the smartphone manufacturer is adding ten more replaceable modules – including the SIM and USB-C port. All parts can be easily swapped out with a screwdriver.


Eight to ten years of updates

When the Fairphone 4 came out in 2021, five years of software support was quite unique in the market. With the Fairphone 5, the smartphone manufacturer raises the barrier to continue distinguishing itself from its competitors.

The Fairphone 5 runs on Android 13 and promises five major software updates. With these alone, the smartphone should last for years. For the security updates, Fairphone adds a few more years. Unlike most manufacturers, it will continue to support its latest model until 2033.

The longer software support is facilitated by the Qualcomm QCM6490 chip. This chip is designed to last extra-long but does have slightly less processing power than the other chips in similar smartphones. Paired with this chipset is 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Storage can be expanded to 2 TB with a micro-SD card.


More modern design

The Fairphone 5 model design has been given a make-over, aesthetically more modern than its predecessor. The device is thinner, lighter, and no longer features a notch. The selfie camera is hidden in a hole at the top of the screen. The screen bezels have also become thinner.

Another improvement is the use of the 6.4-inch OLED screen. This results in improved brightness and contrast. The refresh rate has been increased from 60Hz to 90Hz, making the screen a lot smoother.

The removable battery has a capacity of 4200 mAh and can fast charge at 30 W. Furthermore, the cameras have received an upgrade. The Fairphone 5 is equipped with a three-part 50 MP camera system.

Lastly, waterproofing has been improved. The device is rated IP55 which means it is splash-proof, but not fully waterproof – a logical consequence of a modular device whose back you can easily take off to replace broken parts.


Price and availability

If the Fairphone 5 is for you, you will have to wait just a little longer to get your hands it. The device can be pre-ordered as of today but will only be available as of 14 September.

The Fairphone 5 has a recommended retail price of €522.21 (Excl. VAT) and is available in transparent, sky blue and matte black.