A San Francisco-based startup named “Framework” is working to deliver customizable electronic devices. The company is aiming to give users the freedom of upgradability in their laptops and has recently come up with its Framework Laptop. It is a unique device that allows users to easily replace and upgrade almost all of the components inside as well as on the outside.
Framework Laptop: Specifications
Apart from the fact that these laptops are customizable as mentioned below, the basic Framework Laptop is powered by the latest 11th-Gen Intel Core processors. It will come with up to 64GB of RAM and support for up to 4TB of storage. The screen is a 13.5-inch 3:2 display with a resolution of 2256 x 1504. Moreover, instead of the low-quality 720p selfie cameras in most of the devices, Framework installed a 1080p front camera with support for recording at 60FPS.
The laptop is made in two editions – a pre-built and assembled Framework Laptop with the option of upgrading the components in the future and a DIY edition which users have to assemble from scratch with the provided components. If the users choose to get the pre-built model, it will come with Windows 10 Pro or Home. A screwdriver is also included in both editions.
The Framework Laptop also comes with the choice to mix and match your ports using “expansion cards”. These expansion cards are essentially small port modules that you can slide in or out of the port bays on both sides of the device. There are expansion cards for a USB-C port, USB-A port, HDMI port, display port, a microSD card slot, and even high-speed storage options.
Socketed Internal Components
On the flip side (literally), users can remove the back panel of the laptop to access the internals. On the inside, each of the components like the memory cards, Wi-Fi card, and even the main motherboard are socketed rather than soldered. As a result of which users will easily be able to unscrew the sockets, take out the old component, and replace them with newer ones from the market. The company says that the high-use parts such as the battery, screen, and keyboard are also swappable. Each component has a QR code which leads the users to the company’s official guides and product listings.
Other than the internals, users will also be able to change the physical look of the Framework Laptop. As Framework claims, the laptop will allow users to change the keyboard language and layout by replacing it with another compatible keyboard for the device. There are colorful bezels on the laptop that magnetically attach to the 13.5-inch screen of the laptop.
Framework, the company founded by a former Oculus employee named Nirav Patel, says that it aims to create an ecosystem of customizable components going into the future. With these components, users will be able to upgrade their Framework Laptops in the future. As the Framework Laptop is completely customizable, it will reduce the generation of e-waste by many folds. And that too, without removing any component from the box.
Price and Availability
The device won’t be available to buy, as of now. Moreover, the company did not even reveal the price of the Framework Laptop. It said that it will gradually reveal more information about the device’s price, full specs, and the shipping date “in the next weeks”. You can check out the Framework Laptop on the company’s official website right now.