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Fairphone 4
Fairphone 4
Fairphone 4
Fairphone 4
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7.2/10
Informr score
The Fairphone 4 currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 12 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

When it comes to eco-friendly phones, there aren’t many options out there. That’s where Fairphone 4 comes in. While it’s not the top phone out there, it’s probably the most sustainable, and it runs pretty well.

What's good

  • Made with Green materials
  • Durable
  • Good battery life
  • Five-year warranty

What's bad

  • Poor cameras
  • Temperamental fingerprint scanner
  • No headphone jack

In a bid to capture the market with a more eco-friendly phone, Fairphone 4 is made from sustainably sourced materials. It does not look like the best phone out there, just one that doesn’t make a big footprint. What do you lose or gain from having a sustainable, repairable phone?

Design

The Fairphone 4 is built with the rugged, adventurous type in mind. The backplate is made from 100% recycled plastic and has a nice texture. While it’s on the chunkier side, the extra size means this phone can take bumps and bruises easily without breaking.

Display

The 6.3-inch LCD is about average for mid-range phones nowadays. The screen doesn’t have the clarity and the vivid colors of an OLED. However, the brightness was outstanding. Reviewers said it was easy to see in full sun outdoors.

Performance

The chipset used in the Fairphone 4 is somewhat older than those of today’s high-end phones. That said, reviewers said it was powerful enough to keep the average user happy. Just don’t plan to play the latest games at the highest settings or expect heavy multitasking to run buttery smooth.

Software & Storage

The phone comes with stock Android 11 installed and a promise for upgrades a long time after its release, potentially up to Android 15. There is the option of 128GB of storage or 256GB. If you should need more space, there is an expansion MicroSD card to help you.

Cameras

The cameras for the Fairphone 4 are probably the biggest letdown. Pale colors, washed-out details, and a lack of contrast disappointed reviewers. Still, they were not surprised and still considered the phone somewhat competitive based on its price.

Battery Life

If you want a phone that lasts a long time, reviewers said this was it. The Fairphone 4 lasted well into an entire second day for reviewers. There isn’t a fast-charging option. However, the phone is meant to last a long time and be eco-friendly, and fast-charging can shorten battery lifespans.

Audio

Reviewers didn’t mention anything in particular about the audio, but given the mid-range price of the phone and its competitors, it’s safe to say it’s probably not that great. There’s no headphone jack, though. So be sure to get an adapter or plan to use Bluetooth if you’d like to upgrade your audio experience.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 6.3-inch LCD
  • Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G 5G processor
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • Android 11
  • 128/256GB of storage with MicroSD expansion
  • 48+ MP camera
  • 3905mAh battery

Bottom Line

The central selling point is that it’s eco-friendly and ethically sourced. It’s rugged, can take a beating, and do most of the basic things we’ve become accustomed to in a phone. The cameras aren’t great, but that’s not what this phone is about. They’re not unusable; they’re just not as perfect as we’re used to.

Tech Radar says, “The Fairphone 4’s eco-friendly resume is reason enough for many people to buy it, but beyond that it’s a strong mid-range phone in all but a few categories. Its battery life is particularly impressive, and its hardy body is protected against bumps and drops, but the cameras leave a lot to be desired.”

The Verge states, “if you just need a smartphone for daily use and aren’t concerned about having the best camera or most premium-feeling device, then I think you’re the kind of person who can live with the Fairphone 4.”


Android
Operating system
Operating system
Android
2.2 GHz
Processor
Processor
2.2 GHz
6.3"
Screen Size
Screen Size
6.3"
48+ MP, f/1.6
Camera
Camera
48+ MP, f/1.6
3905 mAh
Battery


What the Critics Are Saying...


IT Pro
IT Pro

From a purely technical perspective, there isn’t too much that’s impressive about the Fairphone 4. Most smartphone selling points can be found implemented better on rival devices and the phone’s mid-range price doesn’t reflect the performance of its hardware. However, if modularity, repairability, a...

- Connor Jones, IT Pro
L@B techreviews
L@B techreviews

Fairphone 4 is based on a sound and sympathetic idea: to avoid obsolescence while ensuring that nothing goes to waste as electronic waste. The idea that users can replace defective parts themselves also appeals to my hobbyist heart. Unfortunately, you cannot replace the processor yourself with a fas...

- John Hvidlykke, L@B techreviews
DxOMark
DxOMark

Fairphone 4 is not suitable for a comfortable gaming experience, with touch lacking precision in corners and the device being too responsive to ghost touches. Furthermore, aliasing is noticeable.

- Lynn Anderson, DxOMark
Notebookcheck
Notebookcheck

The Fairphone 4 modernizes the concept of the modular, fair, sustainable smartphone in many ways. Of course, the casing is not as slim and chic as current high-end smartphones, and there are certainly more powerful phones for around 600 Euros (~$676). However, we had the impression in the test that...

- Florian Schmitt, Notebookcheck
Tech Buzz Ireland
Tech Buzz Ireland

The phone is not out to set any records and the company has a different approach than others but want to get a message across and save the planet whilst doing so and this is a good move and more should be doing it, e-waste is a huge problem and we are all guilty of it but they other main key thing i...

- Jim O Brien, Tech Buzz Ireland


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


The 4 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Fairphone 4 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Fairphone backs up the 4 with a 2 Years parts & labour warranty.


If your 4 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Fairphone support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Fairphone's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.3"

The Fairphone 4's screen size is 6.3 inches with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G 5G (8 nm) Octa-core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ MP, f/1.6 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 25+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3905mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3905 mAh battery. Fairphone's performance ratings are 780 minutes.

Fairphone 4 Specs

Overview
Release Date October 25, 2021
Regions Available United Kingdom
Operating System Android 11

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Processor Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G 5G (8 nm) Octa-core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 6/8 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.494 W/kg
Body: 0.993 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included Manual
Cellular
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
48+ Megapixels, f/1.6
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (48 MP, F2.2, Ultrawide), 3rd camera feature (TOF 3D, Depth)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
25+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel Density 410 pixels
Size 6.3 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3905 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 780 minutes
Standby Time Up to 8.33 days
Mixed Usage No
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Gray, Green, Speckled Green
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.2 x 7.55 x 1.05 cm (6.4 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 225 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 54
Headset Jack No
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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Additional Information Other Names (AKA):

Get a 5-year warranty when you register your smartphone and purchase before 31st December 2022

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