The Fairphone 3/3+ in combination with Ubuntu Touch is currently the best option, if you value sustainability, fair trade materials, repairability and independency from Google and the Android operating systems. With its Snapdragon octa-core chip it delivers a solid performance all around. The 18:9 IPS display with a pixel-density of 427ppi has great viewing angles and shows no color shifts regardless of the viewing angle. Additionaly Ubuntu Touch for the Fairphone 3 is already prepared to run the new Waydroid container, which lets you run the Android applications, which you otherwise can't live without.
Features & Usability
Pro TipUse GitHub to subscribe to the linked Issues. So, whenever bugs get solved (or a fix needs testing) you will know about that.
Essential Feature Support
State: Community maintained
Q: What does this port need to get better?
A: Complete the following features:
Automated Usability (beta)
Boots and runs well, essential features work correctly. It can be used as a mobile device running Ubuntu Touch OS. Recommended for advanced users.
Community strength (beta)
- Manual brightness
- Notification LED
- Switching between cameras
- Carrier info, signal strength
- Data connection
- Dual SIM functionality
- Incoming, outgoing calls
- MMS in, out
- PIN unlock
- SMS in, out
- Change audio routings
- Voice in calls
- Volume control in calls
- 24+ hours battery lifetime
- 7+ days stability
- Boot into UI
- Hardware video playback
- Anbox patches (deprecated)
- AppArmor patches
- Battery percentage
- Offline charging
- Online charging
- Recovery image
- Reset to factory defaults
- SD card storage
- RTC time
- Shutdown / Reboot
- Wireless External monitor
- Flight mode
- Automatic brightness
- Fingerprint reader
- Volume control
- MTP access
- ADB access
Confirmed, depending on the maintenance
If there is a link here, follow it to learn more' '
Working to some extent but with issues
Issue is not specific to this device
The issues listed below are present in most or all of the devices depending on the technology they are built on.
Activation and deactivation of wifi hotspot may be inconsistent with the user interface.
All devices on Xenial
Calling over VoLTE is not supported, please check that this is not a requirement in your country.
Halium and Legacy ports
Devices may take longer than usual to get the first GPS fix because of missing Assisted GPS support.
The device hardware does not support these features, if you need them, please consider a different device.
- Wireless charging
- FM radio
- Double touch to wake
- Wired External monitor
This device gets updates through these channels, learn more about OTA updates
|Ubuntu Release||Channel||Version||Release Date||Description|
|16.04 - xenial||stable||OTA-25||4/17/2023||Stability over newer features (recommended)|
|16.04 - xenial||rc||2023-W16||4/17/2023||Testing before the next stable release|
|16.04 - xenial||devel||2023-05-17||4/18/2023||Daily built development releases|
|CPU||Octa-Core Kryo 250 1.8GHz|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 632|
|GPU||Adreno 506 650MHz|
|Android Version||9.0 (Pie)|
|Display||143 mm (5.65 in) : 2160x1080 (427 PPI) - LCD IPS Touchscreen|
|Rear Camera||12 MP (FP3) | 48 MP/12 MP (FP3+), LED flash|
|Front Camera||8 MP (FP3) | 16 MP (FP3+), No flash|
|Dimensions||158 mm (6.22 in) (h), 71.8 mm (2.83 in) (w), 9.89 mm (0.39 in) (d)|
For new features to work, you maybe need to update your device, using the ubports-installer with the “bootstrap”-option. That is, because the bootimage does not get updated, during an OTA update.
Resources for community & developers
Report an Issue for
Fairphone 3 and 3+
Did the maintainer say that feature ‘works’ but you know from doing it that
it really doesn’t?
Start by searching the device issue , if you found it, hopefully the porter is on it. 'Subscribe' to the issue in case it get solved.
Couldn't find it?
Uh-oh… Well it is time to let the porter and everyone else know about the fail and send the tech magic back to the workshop for a makeover.
1. Read 'Bug Reporting' section in UBports docs on 'How to report a bug'.
2. Then (this time), head to the device repository and submit it, so the porter knows about it.
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