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Finally arriving in the US are Fairphone’s eco-friendly smartphones. To begin selling the Fairphone 4 across the nation, the business has partnered with Murena. You may order the Murena Fairphone 4 right now. According to the Murena store, it starts at $599 for 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You’ll pay $679 for a model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Via microSD, storage can be increased.
📢 BIG NEWS! We just arrived in the US 🇺🇸 and couldn’t be more excited! Yeah, you read that right. If you live in the States, you can find Fairphone 4 through Murena’s website.
➡️ Available here: https://t.co/uChtzXQ9Ac pic.twitter.com/JfDik834Kr
— Fairphone (@Fairphone) July 5, 2023
Even though the Murena Fairphone 4 is two years old and has a mid-range Qualcomm chip from 2020, it is much more than just its technical specifications. It is a privacy-focused gadget with a version of Android that is disconnected from Google, for starters.
The /e/ operating system by Murena shuns Google’s stock applications. For instance, you’ll automatically receive an open-source substitute for Google Maps. Each app is rated for privacy in the device’s own directory. As a result, before installing an app, you will be aware of how it collects your data.
Google-made applications are still installable. Murena claims to be able to download programs from the Play Store without sending your data to Google. You are free to install a stock version of Android, however Murena cautions you against doing so as it will lose your warranty. For what it’s worth, European customers who purchase the Fairphone 4 have the option of receiving either stock Android or /e/ out of the box. For at least five years, Murena intends to supply software updates and security patches, while Fairphone offers a five-year hardware guarantee.
Due to the company’s emphasis on repairability, the Fairphone is a durable smartphone. The Fairphone 4 has an iFixit repairability rating of 10 out of 10. It is touted to be the first such phone with an IP classification of IP54 and features a modular architecture. Thus, the phone needs to be shielded from the elements like rain and dust. You can replace any component with a standard screwdriver because none of the parts are bonded together.
The Murena Fairphone 4 includes dual-SIM compatibility, 5G, and a 3905mAh battery. You’ll get a dual 48MP rear camera and a 25MP selfie camera on the camera front. Murena sells replacement parts for the device’s body, camera array, speakers, USB-C connector, and 6.3-inch display separately. A USB cable, power adapter, or headphones are not included with the Murena Fairphone 4 in the box. Murena offers those separately in order to encourage customers to utilize cables and adapters they may already have stashed away.
Although the device is unlocked, the only US-based carriers for it are T-Mobile and mobile virtual network providers that utilize the T-Mobile network. The US release of the device is being framed as a pilot by Fairphone because its primary market is Europe.