**THE FAIRPHONE 4: A SUSTAINABLE SMARTPHONE WITH A PRIVACY-FOCUSED OPERATING SYSTEM LAUNCHES IN THE US**
The Fairphone 4, a smartphone that emphasizes user-repairability and ethical sourcing of materials, has finally arrived in the US, two years after its initial debut in September 2021. This milestone is made possible through a partnership between Fairphone and Murena, a company renowned for de-Googling Android phones. The US launch of the Murena Fairphone 4 introduces a variant of the device that runs on a privacy-oriented Android-based operating system known as /e/OS.
**Two Configurations with Expandable Storage**
Customers in the US can choose from two configurations: one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for $599, and another with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for $679. Both models support expandable storage through a microSD card slot. One standout feature of the Fairphone 4 is its modular design, allowing easy disassembly with a standard Phillips #00 screwdriver for the replacement of broken components. Furthermore, the phone is IP54-rated, offering protection against dust and water sprays.
**Key Features and Availability**
The Murena Fairphone 4 comes with 5G connectivity and dual SIM support. It features a removable 3905mAh battery, a 48-megapixel main camera, a 48-megapixel ultrawide lens, and a 25-megapixel selfie camera. Interested customers in the US can exclusively order the phone from Murena’s webstore, starting today.
**Privacy-Focused Operating System**
The Murena Fairphone 4 is preinstalled with the /e/ operating system, which prioritizes privacy and aims to provide a Google-free mobile ecosystem. Instead of Google apps, the Fairphone 4 is equipped with a selection of default Murena Cloud apps, offering alternatives for email, calendar, and cloud storage. Additionally, the dedicated app store highlights the privacy ratings of each app, empowering users to monitor their online activity tracking.
**The Murena App Lounge: A Google-Free Experience**
The Murena “App Lounge” is a unique feature resembling the Play Store but without any of the usual Google branding. Although /e/OS allows the installation of major Android apps, including those developed by Google, Murena claims that it fetches apps directly from the Play Store without sharing any private information with Google.
**Recommended Carriers and Extended Warranty**
The Fairphone 4 is an unlocked device, and it is advised to use it with T-Mobile or other operators based on T-Mobile’s network. Fairphone offers an extended five-year warranty for the phone’s hardware, and /e/OS is committed to resolving bugs, providing security updates, and introducing new features for a span of five years.
**Murena Fairphone 4: Exclusive to the US**
For now, the Murena version of the Fairphone 4 is the only model launching in the US, with no mention of the standard Android OS making its way anytime soon. Fairphone CEO Eva Gouwens acknowledges the interest in Fairphone in the US but states that the company’s current focus is on the European market. The collaboration with /e/OS allows them to pilot device sales in the US market with an established partner while gaining valuable insights about American consumers.
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