Framework already does something different with its laptop than other manufacturers: sustainability is part of the concept, which is why older systems can be upgraded with new mainboards. If something breaks, you can buy spare parts directly from the manufacturer; Illustrated repair instructions are available for all components. You can also buy the notebook without Windows and use Linux instead.
Another operating system will be available in the future: In North America, Framework plans to offer its laptop in an additional Chromebook Edition from December. This is not ChromeOS Flex, which you can download and use freely, but a close cooperation with Google. Framework has designed an adapted mainboard for this, which does not boot using UEFI, but – typical Chromebook – with CoreBoot. Google’s Titan C security chip is also on board.
A model to customize
Exactly one configuration is planned at the start, namely with a Core i5-1240P, 8 GB DDR4 memory and a 256 GB SSD for 1000 US dollars. Both memories are plugged in and can therefore be expanded by yourself. Four interface modules with USB-C are included in the purchase price, but these can be exchanged for other modules for a small additional charge. You can choose between USB-A, HDMI, DisplayPort, a MicroSD card reader and a LAN adapter with 2.5 GBit/s. Such an individual interface selection is another unique selling point of Framework in addition to the lived sustainability.
The Chromebook Edition of the Framwrok laptop can be recognized from the outside by an additional lettering on the lid.
Apart from a Chromebook lettering on the outside of the lid, nothing has changed in terms of the rest of the hardware: components such as the display, screen frames available in several colors, battery, touchpad or housing parts can be ordered individually and are cross-compatible with all previous models.
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