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Repairable and upgradeable “framework laptop” should avoid rubbish

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The Californian company Framework has announced a laptop that will last a long time thanks to easily replaceable and upgradeable components and should avoid electronic waste. The 13.5-inch notebook remains relatively handy and light. Framework promises modern technology and delivery in the summer.

With this notebook, Framework, founded in San Francisco in 2019, wants to show that recycled components, repairability, upgradeability and waste avoidance do not have to come at the expense of performance, quality and design. The Framework laptop in the aluminum housing will be only 15.85 millimeters thick and 1.3 kilograms light, despite the easily replaceable components.

The Framework laptop comes with a 13.5 inch screen in 3: 2 format and a resolution of 2256×1504 pixels. The integrated 1080p webcam can record 60 images per second and can be switched off on the hardware side. Eleventh generation Intel Core processors (Tiger Lake) drive the device and can be combined with Wi-Fi 6E, up to 64 GB of DDR4 main memory and more than 4 TB of NVMe mass storage.

For external connections plant Framework four plug-in and interchangeable modules that are connected via USB-C. The modules themselves offer USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, DisplayPort, microSD, fast memory or high-end audio connections. The user should be able to choose his connections himself and adjust them later.

The entire mainboard can even be replaced for processor upgrades. The battery, screen, keyboard and different colored, magnetic frames should also be easy to replace. Framework uses 50 percent recycled aluminum and an average of 40 percent recycled plastic for the notebook housing. The outer packaging should even be completely reusable.

Framework will offer the laptop preconfigured with the Windows 10 Home or Professional operating system from this summer. A “Framework Laptop DIY Edition” is also planned for users who want to assemble and build their own notebook, including the choice of Linux as the operating system. Framework would like to reveal specifications, prices and pre-order dates in the coming weeks.


Framework Laptop

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The company is also preparing an online marketplace for modules and spare parts. This will be open to other providers; Framework hopes for support from other manufacturers. This is to avoid the fate of similarly ambitious but failed projects. Even Alphabet failed: In 2014, Google wanted to make a modular smartphone called Project Ara a reality. But in 2016 the Google group ended the modular smartphone Project Ara again without ever bringing it onto the market.


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