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PHOTOVIEW: Fairphone FP1 Android Smartphone - The World's First Completely Fair Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 16.01.14 - 16:33:13 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 16498x
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The Fairphone FP1 is a social project by Fairphone, which aimed to develop a smartphone designed and produced with minimal harm to people and environment. Back in May, Fairphone started its crowdfunding campaign and after it reached its initial goal of 5,000 sold FP1s in June, the production of the first 25,000 Fairphones started. Running Android 4.2 and powered by a MediaTek MT6589 quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU at 1.3 GHz, the Fairphone FP1 supports dual-SIM quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSPA+ at 900/2100 MHz as well as WiFi b/g/n at 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Bluetooth 3.0+HS and Bluetooth 4.0, an FM radio and AGPS. The 4.3" IPS touchscreen with Dragontrail Glass supports a media core qHD (960 x 540) resolution.

The primary 8 megapixel autofocus camera on the back comes with a BSI sensor with flash LED, while the front facing 1.3 megapixel camera has a CMOS sensor. The FP1 features the Android typical sensors like a light sensor, G-sensor, E-compass, proximity sensor and gyroscope. However, NFC is not onboard.
The FP1 comes with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB flash memory which can be expanded with a microSD memory card. All this  measures 126 x 63.5 x 10 mm and weights 170 g, including the 2,000 mAh Li-Ion battery.

The main motivation for developing the Fairphone was to develop a mobile device which does not contain conflict minerals and has fair labor conditions for the workforce along the supply chain. Therefore is the phone body itself, as well as the battery, sporting information where the phone was assembled and who was manufacturing the battery. This is part of the transparency Fairphone wants to provide its customers.

The phone itself is pretty much a typical Android phone. It features the - now outdated - touch sensitive and not illuminated button layout bellow the screen with the Home, Back and Settings keys. On the left, the FP1 features the typical volume rocker. On the top, it sports the power button, micro USB port and 3.5 mm stereo headset jack. Interesting enough, the device doesn't come with a charger, USB cable or stereo headset. That's because Fairphone expects that most customers have this parts anyway and therefore it protects the environment.

While the device body is made of plastic, the battery cover is made of aluminum, featuring a "First Edition" note outside and a thanks on the inside.

The Fairphone FP1 project raised the money for the initial batch of 5,000 phones on 5 June 2013 and sold all 25,000 of its initial production run on 13 November 2013. Since December, the first 25,000 devices are shipped to the early supporters and therefore, the Fairphone FP1 is currently not available for order. However, a second production run is planned for 2014. The first production run was available for preorder for 325 Euro.

Cheers ~ Arne

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