If you want a smartphone that you do not have to replace every 2 years, Fairphone 3 is a proposition for you. Its modular structure make DIY repairs and upgrades easy. And you can buy replacement parts directly from the manufacturer’s website.

Fairphone 3

Fairphone 3 Quick Specs: Android 9 Pie smartphone. Announced in September 2019, it features a 5.65-inch display, Snapdragon 632 chipset, 8 MP selfie camera, 12MP camera, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal memory, and a 3000 mAh battery. 


Phone Status: Official; Available. Discontinued in September 2021.

Related: Fairphone 4.


Fairphone 3 Specs and Features

Wireless Network and Software

  • 2G mobile network bands: GSM, GPRS, EDGE 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz.
  • 3G mobile network bands: UMTS, WCDMA, HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
  • 4G mobile network bands: LTE bands 1(2100) / 2(1900) / 3(1800) / 4(1700/2100) / 5(850) / 7(2600) / 13(700) / 20(800) / 26(850). VoLTE + VoWiFi support
  • 5G mobile network bands: No.
  • SIM Type: Nano-SIM
  • Software / OS: Android 9 Pie

Design, Form Factor, Appearance

  • Dimensions: 158 x 71.8 x 9.89 mm
  • Weight: 189g
  • Display: 6.55 inches, 2160 x 1080 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio, IPS LCD curved glass, with Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
  • Colours: Blue Gradient. Tarnish.
  • Physical Build: Dark, translucent body and cover. IP54 certification..

Fairphone 3 specs and features

Internal Hardware Specs

  • Processor Type: 64-bit, 1.8 GHz Octa-core, Cortex-A53
  • Processor Name: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
  • Graphics Processor:  ‎Adreno 506
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Internal Storage:  64GB
  • External Storage: microSD

Photography, Video Recording

  • Rear Camera: 12MP, f1.8 Aperture, Dual LED flash, Digital Image Stabilization, 4k and 1080p@30fps video recording
  • Front-facing Camera: 8 MP, f2.0 Aperture, HDR, Digital Image Stabilization, , 1080p@30fps video capture.

Fairphone 3 cameras


Audio, Video Playback

  • Music Support: AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, MP3, WMA (v9, v10), WMALossless, WMAPro 10, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, FLAC, ALAC, Vorbis, AIFF, APE
  • Audio: 3.5 mm headphone audio jack
  • Loudspeaker: Stereo speakers
  • Video Support: H.264/MP4/MPEG4 player
  • FM Radio:


  • Digital Compass: Yes.
  • Accelerometer: Yes.
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes.
  • Ambient Light Sensor: Yes.
  • Barometer: Yes.
  • Pedometer: No.
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No.
  • Gyroscope (G-Sensor): Yes.
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes; rear-mounted.
  • Face Unlock: Yes.
  • Iris Scanner: No.
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: No.
  • Voice Control: No.
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes; Google Assistant.
  • Infra-red Sensor: No.

Connectivity Options

  • Bluetooth: v5.0, A2DP, LE
  • WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot
  • GPS: Yes, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo
  • USB: microUSB v2.0; USB-OTG
  • NFC:

Miscellaneous Specs and Features

  • Battery Type and Capacity: Removable Lithium-Ion 3000 mAh
  • Battery Charging: 5V/1A Regular Charging
  • Reverse Charging: No.
  • Model Number: N/A

Fairphone 3 Price and Launch Date

  • Announced: September 2019
  • Release Date: September 3, 2019.
  • Country Availability: Europe.
  • Price: €450. This translates to about ₦180,000 at the current exchange rate.

Fairphone 3

Fairphone 3 News & Updates

Fairphone 3 gets eOS

May 2020: The Fairphone community members voted eOS as their preferred alternative operating system (OS) for the Fairphone3. eOS is a pro-privacy, deGoogled mobile operating system and ecosystem. As such, the eFoundation has made eOS available for Fairphone 3.

If you own one, you can download eOS free-of-charge to install on your device.

Fairphone 3 discontinued

Fairphone has discontinued this model in September 2021.

MobilityArena Buyer’s Guide Verdict

If you want a smartphone that you do not have to replace every 2 years, Fairphone 3 is a proposition for you. Its modular structure make DIY repairs and upgrades easy. And you can buy replacement parts directly from the manufacturer’s website.

Our Buyer’s Guide Verdict is recommendation that we make based on our evaluation the specs of the device. It is a general guide designed to help you understand how much value a smartphone offers for its price. It is not a stamp of quality assessment or an endorsement of the device or of the manufacturers. Be sure to ask questions and use your judgement when buying any device, as MobilityArena may not be held responsible for your buying decisions.

Fairphone 3 Review Rating

We are yet to review the Fairphone 3 and so do not have a review rating for it yet. This section will be updated with our review rating and a link to the review page, as soon as we have a review ready.

Disclaimer: While we take the pains to ensure accuracy, we can not guarantee that the specs and  information on this page about Fairphone 3 are 100% correct. If you think that any information for the current phone is wrong or missing, please contact us.


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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. “A phone that I don’t have to replace every 2 years….” sells the product! Awesome! And, looking at the makeup of this Fairphone 3, it’s got some appetizing features. Though, the price has put a “KEEP OFF” signpost on this one for me. But then, it would be a phone to own, if I could afford it. It looks rugged as well. Let’s hope the company would spread the units to our continent on time. I can’t wait to see you reviewing this phone. Honestly.

  2. There is nothing spectacular about this phone and the specs listed above. With a price tag of N180,000, i will rather buy one Samsung A20 (52K) and Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (67K), that’s N119k for the two phones, I will still have some change left to enjoy myself (N61k)
    In Nigeria here, price is a major determining factor.
    N180,000???? Park well jooor.

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