Fairphone – World’s first fair trade smartphone

Fairphone is the world’s first fair trade smartphone manufactured by London-based Kwame Corporation featuring Google’s Android 4.2 OS. It is the most ethically sourced device in the smartphone industry. The number of minerals used in smartphones like Apple and Samsung often come from the conflict zones in Africa. The tantalum, tin and tungsten are extracted from mines in these regions and armed groups controlling them benefits from the sale. They use the profits to purchase more arms to fuel war. On the other hand, Fairphone’s tin and tantalum are extracted from conflict free mines in South Kivu, in eastern DRC, where profits aren’t used for the purchase of arms. In size, it measures 126 x 53.6 x 10mm and weighs only 170g. The Fairphone features a 4.3-inch scratch resistant display with the resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It is powered by 1.2GHz quad core MediaTek MTK6589 processor and 1GB RAM. For multimedia, Fairphone packs an 8 Mega Pixel rear camera with BSI sensor and 1.3 Mega Pixel front facing camera for video calls. For connectivity, it supports Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, microUSB 2.0, GPS, Dual SIM capability and HSPA mobile connections. The Fairphone comes pre-installed with Google’s Android 4.2 OS. In addition to that it comes with a powerful 2000mAh removable battery. The Fairphone will be available to purchase in December 2013 for £272. Over 15000 Fairphone smartphones have been pre-ordered since launch. Stay tuned for more updates or follow @harrym20 on Twitter.

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