[Bestbuy618]With smartphone designs becoming increasingly complex, it’s difficult to imagine a product receiving a perfect score from iFixit’s disassembly, but a Dutch phone maker has created the FairPhone 3 that does. This is a very niche modular smartphone, the most notable feature of which is that it has seven interchangeable modules, allowing users to upgrade to some extent and ensure that the phone can be used for a longer period of time. On the contrary, consider whether domestic or international giants build smartphones nowadays, not to mention changing the internal modules, how many batteries can be replaced?
The FairPhone 3 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage, a 5.65-inch IPS display with 2160X1080 resolution, a 3060mAh battery, a 12MP rear camera (f/1.8) and an 8MP front camera (f/2.0), a 3.5mm headphone jack, back fingerprint recognition, IP54 dust and water resistance, and a USB TypeC port. It has a USB Type-C port and supports back fingerprint recognition as well as IP54 dust and water resistance. The dimensions are 158 x 71.8 x 9.89 mm, and the weight is 189 grams.
After a brief explanation, let us begin to disassemble, first FairPhone 3 open the back cover does not require the use of any tools, you can gently pry open (time seems to go back four or five years).
At the same time, the battery is simple to remove and lacks the adhesive found in many smartphones. Of course, despite the ease of disassembly, iFixit claims that the battery is adequately protected by the phone’s case. The FairPhone 3 battery specification is 11.781Wh (3060mAh, 3.85V), which may not be large compared to the easily 4000mAh battery smartphones (after all, 189g weight or…), but unlike other smartphones that require rechargeable batteries, you can directly carry a spare battery with you.
The next step is to disassemble the FairPhone 3 frame, which will necessitate the use of some tools. After removing the screws with a screwdriver, you can separate the middle frame from the display panel, which is connected to the FairPhone 3 by a few spring contacts. Unlike FairPhone 2, some modules of FairPhone 3 have press-in slots instead of spring-loaded pin connectors, making small modules easier to remove, and there are icons to indicate which direction to follow for removal and installation.
The following modules have been removed from the FairPhone 3: the top module (including the front camera, etc.), the rear camera module, the bottom module, and the speaker module (which, unlike its predecessor, has been separated out). It’s unfortunate that the FairPhone 3’s modules are not compatible with the previous generation, so you can’t upgrade directly through these parts. This appears to be a bit awkward!
Following that, iFixit disassembled these modules once more. First and foremost, the top module of the body houses the front camera, as well as the handset earpiece and 3.5mm headphone jack, which can be removed. However, the headphone jack and ambient light sensor are soldered to a smaller daughter board, and the detachable camera as well as the SONY IMX363 Exmor RS sensor are soldered to a smaller daughter board.
The vibration motor, a soldered USB Type-C port, and the microphone are all housed in the bottom module. The separated speaker module is linked to the bottom module via two contacts.
The FairPhone 3 motherboard circuit components are shown below: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 mobile platform in the red box; Samsung KMRH60014A-B614 LPDDR3 and 64GB storage in the orange box; Qorvo QM57508 RF front-end module in the yellow box; Qualcomm WTR3925 RF transceiver in the green box; Qualcomm WCN3680B WiFi module in the cyan box; Qualcomm WCN3680B WiFi module in the cyan box; Qualcomm W On the other side of the motherboard, after removing the metal isolation cover, there are some components: the red box is Qorvo QM56022 RF Flex; the orange box is Qualcomm PMI632 power management IC; the yellow box is PM8953 power management IC; the green box is Qualcomm WCD9326 audio codec; the cyan box is Awinic AW88980 audio amplifier; and the blue box is NXP Q31A1.
The FairPhone 3 has been disassembled, and I’d like to send you a family photo. According to iFixit, the phone’s internal design is very clear and can be easily recovered and used normally even after complete disassembly. In terms of repairability, iFixit gave the FairPhone 3 a perfect score of 10 (the higher the score, the easier it is to repair), and pointed out that the battery and screen were designed with priority in mind, and can be replaced without tools or with the help of a screwdriver, which greatly reduces the difficulty. If you’re looking for the most difficult aspect of repairing this phone, iFixit only mentions one.
While the majority of the phone’s components can be replaced individually, some are welded together.
In practice, the FairPhone 3’s price of 450 euros ($499) is obviously not very appealing to domestic users. In any case, the FairPhone 3 modular phone positioning is also worthy of the name; in another way, this phone can even be “DIY,” although not mainstream products, but also brought some freshness to the calm smartphone market.