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Forget About Project Ara; Fairphone 2 is the Ultimate DIY Smartphone

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Last year, Google made the headlines with the announcement of the first modular Android smartphone, the Project Ara. When it was made public, everyone was excited with the prospect of having a costomizable phone. However, years after the announcement, Google has officially ended the project and everything were scrapped.

The good news is, Fairphone has picked up on where Google dropped off with the Fairphone. Now, the company has launched the Fairphone 2, the second iteration of its modular smartphone.

As mentioned, the Fairphone 2 is a modular smartphone. This modular design provides owners the chance to replace or upgrade some parts of the phone at their own pace.

For instance, users who have damaged their phone’s display will be able to by a replacement from Fairphone. Furthermore, users will also have an option to upgrade a few features of the phone like the rear-mounted camera sensor.

Fairphone 2 is the ultimate DIY smartphone

Fairphone 2 components (via arstechnica.com)

The Fairphone 2 is divided into six different modules. The main or core module is where the majority of electronics are installed. This module contains the memory, storage, wireless modules and a Snapdragon 801 SoC. The rest of the module are: camera, top and bottom, display, and battery. All of these modules can be bought undefended of each other in the case of a total failure.

The only downside to the Fairphone 2 is the dated ARM chip. The Snapdragon 801, although a good application processor, is already four years old. Nonetheless, users can still expect snappy response from the phone with its Android 6.0 OS.

For those who want to know more about the Fairphone 2 can do so by checking its official site. Furthermore, Youtuber Austin Evan’s review of the phone is quite helpful for those who still have a few questions about it.

Right now, the Fairphone 2 is available for pre-order only. According to the phone’s official website, it will get an official release by the end of October. For more tech updates, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.

Also read: HomePod vs Amazon Echo Show: Will Amazon Beat Apple in the Wireless Speaker Game?

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