Framework, the makers of the eponymous modular laptop, has released an updated version equipped with Intel’s 12th generation Core processors.
Framework won over some consumers for its promise of easier repairs and component replacements with the first version of its easy-to-upgrade laptop. The Californian brand has also benefited from the growing support for the “Right to Repair” movement in the United States and Europe, as well as general consumer interest in reducing electronic waste.
Framework has now announced the availability of pre-orders for the 2022 Framework Modular Laptop with 12th Gen Intel Core processors for customers. Shipping begins in July.
“We’ve redesigned our lid assembly for significantly improved rigidity and carefully optimized backup battery life, especially for Linux users,” the company said.
TO SEE: Framework’s modular laptop is available for pre-order starting at $999
Framework released its first 13.5 laptop with 11th Gen Intel Core processors in 2021 with preorders starting in May starting at $999. Replaceable components included RAM, storage, battery, and keyboard. It also featured an expansion card system to insert USB-B and USB-C, HDMI, DisplayPort, MicroSD or other inputs or slots.
CPUs are usually soldered to the motherboard on most mainstream laptops, so they can’t be upgraded. But Framework’s motherboard is upgradable, making it possible to upgrade to new generations of processors. The motherboard with 12th Gen Intel Core processors costs between $489 and $1,049, depending on performance, but for now it’s only available on a waiting list.
The “base” 2022 Framework laptop, with an Intel Core i5-1240P processor up to 4.4 GHz and four performance cores and eight efficiency cores, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage, starts at $1,049. It should ship in August.
The “performance” frame with an Intel Core i7-1260P processor up to 4.7 GHz and four performance cores and eight efficiency cores, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage costs $1,449. Both of these models come with Windows 11 Home Edition.
The “Professional” costs $2,049, offering an Intel Core i7-1280P processor with up to 4.8 GHz, six performance cores and eight efficiency cores, 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage. It comes with Windows 11 Pro.
All models are equipped with a 13.5-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 2256 x 1504 pixels, an Intel Iris Xe graphics card and a 1080p webcam at 60 frames per second. There’s a 55W battery and a backlit keyboard and the keys have 1.5mm travel.
The first batch of performance and professional models will ship in July.
Framework also offers “bring your own OS” options. It says Fedora 36 works well with support for Wi-Fi and fingerprint reader. Ubuntu 22.04 requires a few workarounds. The new Framework laptops are available for pre-order today and shipping to the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Austria and Ireland.
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