While a lot of us are interested in seeing where technology takes us and what sort of hardware improvements we can expect from our mobile devices in the future, we’re not sure how many are actually aware of what our demand is doing to our planet. For instance some materials used in creating our products come from rare minerals, or are being made by exploited workers in third world countries, and while some can turn a blind eye to that, if you think that you can’t, then perhaps the Fairphone might be a phone worth checking out.
Essentially the Fairphone is an Android device that its makers have envisioned will be made from materials that are mined in areas that do not abuse human right, and will be assembled by suppliers who have a decent track record for good employment conditions. The people behind Fairphone have also teamed up with LaborVoices which is an organization that helps people find work with ethical suppliers, and help companies set up deals with these suppliers in return.
As for the phone itself, the exact specifications remain unknown but what we do know is that it is expected to run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and sport a 4.3” display with a replaceable battery. Priced at €325, one of the caveats is that at least 5,000 people need to pay for it before the phone gets made, any less and the plans will be scrapped. If you’d like to find out more or sign up to be notified, head on over to its website for the details.
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