Sorry Project Ara Fans, Fairphone 2 Is The World’s First Modular Smartphone

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Fairphone is about to roll out the Fairphone 2 in Dec. 2015, gaining the lead within the race to launch the primary modular smartphone. The Fairphone 2 will probably be a mid-vary smartphone with a ton of distinctive features.
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Most smartphones out out there attempt to dazzle shoppers with their vivid display, highly effective chipsets, monumental storage capacities and revolutionary features, however the Dutch-based mostly startup Fairphone is planning on making a singular mark, taking a unique strategy with its modular smartphone.

In 2013, Fairphone was capable of increase about $ 8.3 million to launch its first ethically sourced smartphones. By “ethically sourced,” it signifies that the Dutch agency stayed away from utilizing supplies collected from battle zones.

“The Fairphone 2 will incorporate and broaden upon the initiatives that have been began with the primary Fairphone, together with sourcing battle-free tin and tantalum from the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” Fairphone stated (PDF) in a news launch.

The Fairphone 2 is not alone within the modular smartphone scene, although, as Project Ara is within the works as properly — for a while now truly. Nevertheless, plainly the Dutch startup beat Google to rolling out a shopper-prepared modular handset.

The Fairphone 2 has seven important meeting elements, that are the battery, display, major chassis and again cowl in addition to the receiver, speaker and rear camera modules.

Now, let’s get on with the specs and see simply what the Fairphone 2 can deliver to the desk. Out of the field, the smartphone will run a tweaked Android 5.1 Lollipop, to not point out the agency plans on making variants the place shoppers can select which OS they need.

“There are options rising to the dominant working methods, with Canonical’s Ubuntu, Jolla’s Sailfish OS, and Mozilla’s Firefox OS,” the corporate posted on its weblog.

Except for its noteworthy modular construction, it is a fairly respectable midrange smartphone. It homes a Snapdragon 801 SoC, and it is fitted with an 8 MP rear-facing camera and a 5-inch full HD LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3 as well. It is powered by a 2,420 mAh battery pack together with 2 GB of RAM. It helps dual SIM utilizing micro SIM playing cards and has an expandable storage utilizing microSD.

What’s spectacular is the again cowl’s enlargement port, the place customers can install further apparatuses reminiscent of NFC chips, wi-fi charging coils and even photo voltaic cells.

Each module is held in place by Phillips screws of the identical measurement, so there is no want to recollect which screw is the place. The modules even have blue circles to point the place the screws go.

The Fairphone 2 comes with a $ 580 price tag, and it is designed to final. It seems to be like Fairphone is swinging issues into high gear and leaving Project Ara within the mud, because it’s launching in choose European nations in December 2015 and can arrive in different nations by 2016.

Hit up the video under to see the Fairphone 2 in action.

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