Fairphone 4 gets better over time

Fairphone 4 gets better over time

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By Wisse Hettinga

At a time in the life cycle where other smartphone brands stop support and investment altogether, Fairphone takes longevity to another level by offering the Fairphone 4 a major camera upgrade

This extensive camera software overhaul incorporated user feedback to improve the smartphone’s imaging experience. The software update has majorly improved four critical aspects of the phone:

  • Faster shot time: Fairphone made first shot time 230% faster and improved autofocus speed. It also massively reduced shutter lag, boosting shot-to-shot time by 50% from 12 shots in ten seconds to 18 shots in ten seconds.
  • Better low-light photography: Refining low-light photography was another big focus area for the company. Fairphone successfully added even more contrast and detail than before, especially in Super Night mode.
  • Camera tuning improvements: Fairphone improved tuning for the main and ultrawide camera covering both photos and videos as well as vastly better AI scene detection. The company also enhanced noise reduction and color tuning (both main and ultrawide camera) and sharpened the main camera zoom.
  • Electronic image stabilization in video: The Fairphone 4 now has better electronic image stabilization in video in both the main and ultrawide camera.

At Fairphone, designing for longevity is in the company’s DNA. The Fairphone ethos is to ensure users continue using their products for as long as possible, which means Fairphone is committed to providing extended software and hardware support. Fairphone’s approach to extended software updates ensures that its devices remain in use and are updated over time, well past the average smartphone lifespan of less than three years. The Fairphone 2 received support for an unprecedented seven years, while the Fairphone 3, launched five years ago, recently received an Android 13 update.

This is a big step forward for Fairphone. We put a lot of effort into analyzing customer feedback to identify the key improvements needed and made a significant financial investment to address these points in our software development and camera tuning. The most important outcome for us is that both new and existing customers love the camera and keep using the phone for much longer than they originally planned”, Agnès Crepet, Head of Smartphone Longevity at Fairphone.


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