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    • It's the inner beauty that counts, but we'll get to that shortly. First, let's look over this smartphone's specs:

    • 5.65" IPS display with 1080 × 2160 resolution

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC

    • 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage

    • 12 MP rear camera with ƒ/1.8 and a front-facing camera with 8 MP ƒ/2.0

    • 3,060 mAh battery

    • Fingerprint sensor and headphone jack

    • A huge thank you to Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM, who provided us with this x-ray image of the Fairphone 3.

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    • The Fairphone’s line of succession (from left to right): Primus, Secundus, and Tertius, as the Romans might have said, if they could count smartphones.

    • Note the evolution not only in size and style, but also in tech: this iteration features a USB-C port instead of the old Micro-USB connector, as well as a fingerprint sensor on its back for increased convenience.

    • Just how much bigger is it? The Fairphone 3 comes in at 158×71.8×9.89 mm and weighs 189 g.

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    • We start off by simply removing the back cover—no tools needed.

    • Compared to the bumper-like casing of the Fairphone 2—as well as the two-piece 'slim' version that replaced it midway through the product cycle—this is definitely an improvement.

    • If you liked the added protection offered by the bumper, no worries—it's included in the box.

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    • Removing the battery is also easy as Android 9—it lifts right out using the notch at the bottom.

    • With its recessed contacts and sturdier plastic casing, this battery is a well-protected throwback we're happy to see.

    • At 11.781 Wh (3,060 mAh at 3.85 V), this juice box is not the biggest around these days. But it should get you through the day—and if it doesn't, you can just carry a spare and swap it out!

    • It beats the Google Pixel 3a in capacity (11.55 Wh) but cannot quite touch the iPhone Xs Max (12.08 Wh), let alone the Shift 6m (16.3 Wh).

    • The underside of the battery bears an encouraging message: "Well done. You're what progress looks like." Speaking of which, it's time to make some more teardown progress. Onward!

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    Ferramenta utilizada nesse passo:
    Mako Driver Kit - 64 Precision Bits
    • Fairphone decided to forgo the nifty display lock mechanism from the previous iteration, opting for standard Phillips #00 screws instead.

    • Fairphone even provides a tiny screwdriver—although hopefully they'll forgive us if we prefer the larger handle from our Mako Driver Kit for a bit more comfort.

    • With the screws gone, we unsnap the display from the frame—revealing the same pogo pin connector plus breakout board configuration seen in the Fairphone 2.

    • Note the map of the Democratic Republic of Congo in this spot, illustrating the conflict-free sourcing of minerals like tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold.

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    • While the Fairphone 2 modules all made use of pogo pin connectors, the Fairphone 3 modules switch to easily accessible regular press-fit sockets.

    • A simple pry with the spudger and the modules are liberated.

    • The connectors and modules are helpfully labeled, and the puzzle pieces align easily even if you can't read them.

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    • The Fairphone 3 comes with this family of modules:

    • The top module, camera module, and bottom module are all here, much like in the Fairphone 2.

    • The loudspeaker now gets its own closed module (as opposed to being part of the bottom module), and connects to the rear of the bottom module.

    • If you hope to upgrade your Fairphone 2 with these modules, we have bad news. Modules and their inner parts are not compatible. But their housings are said to be produced from 50% recycled polycarbonate, so there's at least some reuse!

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    Ferramenta utilizada nesse passo:
    T5 Torx Screwdriver
    • Not satisfied with merely removing the modules, we bust out our Torx T5 screwdriver and an opening pick and tear down even more.

    • Starting with the top module:

    • The 8 MP ƒ2.0 selfie camera and earpiece speaker are both removable.

    • The headphone jack as well as the proximity and ambient light sensors are soldered onto the breakout board.

    • The camera module carries a modular 12 MP ƒ1.8 camera with a SONY IMX363 Exmor RS sensor. The flash LEDs are soldered onto the breakout board.

    • The bottom module contains the vibration motor, and a soldered-on USB-C port and microphone.

    • The loudspeaker module is the loneliest of the bits clinging onto the bottom module with its two contacts.

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    • Removing the motherboard, we discover a bunch of spring contacts, which connect to the fingerprint sensor, the volume and power buttons, and a few antennas.

    • Pulling off the shields reveals:

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC

    • Samsung KMRH60014A-B614 eMMC with 64 GB

    • Qorvo QM57508 RF front-end module

    • Qualcomm WTR3925 RF transceiver

    • Qualcomm WCN3680B WiFi module

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    • On the front of the motherboard we find:

    • Qorvo QM56022 RF Flex

    • Qualcomm PMI632 power management IC

    • Qualcomm PM8953 power management IC

    • Qualcomm WCD9326 audio codec

    • Awinic AW88980 audio amplifier

    • NXP Semiconductor Q31A1 (likely NFC controller)

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    • That's all for the Fairphone 3, right down to the screws and individual components. To sum up our findings:

    • The new enclosure is easy to open and showcases the transparency of the project.

    • An even more modular design makes for a tidy phone on the inside, with another layer of disassembly for repairing individual components.

    • Reassembling this phone won’t be much of an issue, and we're very confident it’ll still work.

    • Let's see what this means in terms of repairability...

  12. Considerações finais
    • Key components like the battery and screen have been prioritized in the design and are accessible either without tools or just a regular Phillips screwdriver.
    • Visual cues inside the phone help with disassembling and replacing its parts and modules.
    • Replacing complete modules is very easy. Going for their internal parts is also possible and requires a Torx screwdriver.
    • Replacement guides and spare parts are available via the manufacturer's website.
    • Most components inside the modules are individually replaceable though some are soldered on.
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Tobias Isakeit

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37 comentários

Love that this is still happening in the mobile phone world. And that they’re taking sustainability seriously.

Timothy Buchanan - Responder

Not making it upgrade-able seems to defeat the purpose. Only the battery and the screen are likely to need replacement before this goes obsolete

Robert M - Responder

You don’t need to upgrade every year and maybe in the future you will also be able to swap the motherboard with a newer cpu.

you can always try these ones:

Mihai Serban Cotabitiu -

No, it does not defeat the purpose. The purpose is making it easy to replace any part if something breaks - even if you’re a non-tech-savy user. The Fairphone makes repairing your smartphone as easy as assembling an IKEA shelf, which - definitely - archieves it’s purpose. You don’t need to buy a new phone if your screen is shattered or your USB-C-connector got dusty - just a replacement part.

Of course, having upgradeable parts would be nice, but that’s not as easy to accomplish as it might look: The individual parts would be sold less often, resulting in higher prices to account for development and production costs. And compatibility isn’t easy on low-level hardware: Installing a better camera could also require a better BUS or other connection to the mainboard etc. A bigger battery might need a better charging IC or at least more space in the housing. Same goes for any other component. And remember - the Fairphone 2 got a camera upgrade midway in it’s life cycle. So you can’t even say it’s not upgradeable.

sadfadsf -

I’ve been using my Fairphone 2 since it came out in 2015, so it probably counts as obsolete - but it works perfectly well, and spare parts are still available (as they are for the Fairphone 1, incidentally) so I’m not going to replace it for the foreseeable future. “Obsolete” it may be, but it’s still a good phone.

MarkNW -

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