Unlike the buy-replace-replace model that most current laptops operate under, the San Francisco-based startup Framework announced in late February that it wanted to create a truly customizable, widely scalable, and more eco-friendly laptop. environment. In the weeks that followed, she revealed more details about how she plans to achieve those goals, and today announced the new framework community dedicated to her project.
Let’s recap the basic specs: The Framework laptop is initially configured to feature 11th Gen Intel Core processors and supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory as well as up to 4TB of storage via PCIe Gen SSDs. 4 NVMe. It is also expected to have a 13.5-inch screen, 2256 x 1504 resolution, and an aluminum body weighing less than 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg).
But the main draw of the Framework laptop is its ability to reduce electronic waste, in part because it’s made from 50% recycled aluminum and up to 30% recycled plastic, and most importantly because it is made from 50% recycled aluminum and up to 30% recycled plastic. ‘it is supposed to feature extensive customization that allows many of its components to be individually replaced by interchangeable modules.
The company began sharing more information about the Framework Laptop Starter Part Modules shortly after its reveal. It started with the keyboard options, which relies on fasteners that can be removed using the included screwdriver, and for which the company plans to sell aftermarket parts through the Framework Marketplace after launch.
Framework said the keyboard will be available in at least 11 different languages ââand layouts this year. He also pledged to “continue to scale the options to cover the most common languages ââfirst and possibly all languages ââfor which a keyboard layout exists, including those that have never been integrated into one. laptop”.
Framework is also planning to launch two special edition keyboards: a âfully concealed matte blackâ option and a âunique as crystalâ option, neither of which features any print, which is exactly the kind of gadget that people are so fond of. that they forget where each key is. At least you can replace the keyboard easily, eh?
The company then went to laptop boot webcam detail, which is a custom 1080p 60fps camera developed in partnership with Partron. Framework said the camera will feature a 1/6 “OmniVision OV2740 sensor, an” 80 Â° wide diagonal f / 2.0 four-element lens “with a” blue glass infrared filter “and a Realtek RTS5853 camera controller.
All of these features are believed to make the camera perform better in a variety of lighting conditions and at a higher resolution than most laptop webcams, many of which are still limited to 720p and struggle in less than lighting. ideal. Framework also addressed privacy by including a hardware privacy switch in the camera.
Then came the motherboard options. Framework has announced plans to offer motherboards with Intel Core i5-1135G7, i7-1165G7, and i7-1185G7 processors to begin with. These processors will be complemented by a 65 x 5.5mm cooling fan, two 5mm heat pipes and a pack of copper fins that are supposed to allow continuous processor load of 28W and up to 60W of turbo.
But the company won’t stop with the latest generation processors from Intel: Framework has stated that it “has architected the motherboard to maximize adaptability for future generations of x86 and ARM processors (and hopefully eventually RISC- V!) “. The motherboard is also said to be reusable outside of the system, which should complement its ease of replacement nicely. For example, the Framework blog post suggests building a single board computer using your old motherboard after upgrading your Framework laptop to a new one.
Framework’s next blog post detailed its Storage expansion cards. These external drives use the Phison U17, Micron N28 NAND and USB 3.2 Gen 2 flash controller. The company has announced that it will offer two cards to start with: a 250GB model with read speeds of 1000MB / s and 375MB / s write, and a 1TB model that “exceeds 1000MB / s sequential read and write performance, with fantastic random read and write.”
Finally comes the Community framework, which the company said it plans to use “to reflect on and get your feedback on prioritizing future modules, upgrades and products through discussion threads, surveys and early development overviews.” It sounds like a pretty standard speech forum, but still at least the effort is made.
Having more details about the Framework laptop helps allay concerns that the company has revealed its dream product without a concrete plan to support it later. But that doesn’t justify suspending all disbelief – it’s still a startup that makes a lot of promises (salt) about hardware (more salt) during a global chip shortage (just empty the entire shaker). ) for a product that is not expected to be available until this summer.