Fairphone the modular smartphone that can be easily repaired by a layman is ready to be shipped to the first 1,000 people who pre-ordered it when it launched in June this year. The rest of the pre-orders are slated for shipment in January 2016.
Specs-wise, the handset is powered by a Snapdragon 801 chipset and sports a 5" 1080p screen with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It has 2GB RAM and an 8MP camera, and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. The device offers support for 4G LTE and dual-SIM, and also has a microSD slot.
All smartphones are, of course, repairable if you find the right place to ship them off to, but Fairphone wants to make repairing its phone simple enough that anyone can do it in their home. You should be able to replace key parts of the Fairphone 2 — including the screen, camera, and main circuit board — without anything more than a screwdriver, so long as you buy those replacements from Fairphone.
The Fairphone 2 will be available for around $578, initially only in Europe. Fairphone also imagines that, in the future, it could offer upgrades through new repair modules; it wants each phone to remain workable for five years, preventing electronics from being wasted as often as they are today.