Framework laptop: exchangeable mainboard, display and connections

Framework has presented a notebook in which almost all components can be exchanged and upgraded. At the same time, the 13.5-inch notebook should remain handy and light. With this concept, the Californian company wants to tackle the problem of the ever-increasing mountain of electronic waste. The main focus is on the message that recycled components, repairability, upgradeability and waste avoidance can go hand in hand with performance, quality and design.

The notebook comes with a 13.5-inch screen in 3: 2 format and a resolution of 2,256 x 1,504 pixels. Inside is an 11th generation Intel Core processor that can be combined with up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory and more than 4 TB of NVMe mass storage. With the help of the 1080p webcam, videos can be recorded at 60 frames per second, and the webcam can also be switched off on the hardware side.

Four plug-in and interchangeable modules are available to users on external connections. These are connected via USB-C and offer both USB-C, USB-A, HDMI and DisplayPort as well as microSD slots and fast storage or high-end audio connections.

But personalization doesn’t stop there. If a processor upgrade is required, the entire mainboard can even be exchanged without any problems. The screen, the keyboard and the battery, which is often affected by wear and tear, can also be easily replaced, according to the company. The housing itself is made of aluminum, which is 50% recycled, the plastic used has a recycling rate of around 40%.

The company has also announced the launch of an online marketplace for modules and spare parts. Framework also relied on the participation of other manufacturers, to whom the said marketplace should also be available.

Framework plans to launch the notebook this summer. Initially only with a pre-configured variant with Windows 10 Home or Professional operating system. Later, a “Framework Laptop DIY Edition” is planned, in which buyers can assemble their notebook from scratch. Linus should also be possible as the operating system. Framework intends to provide details on the specifications, prices and the market launch in the next few weeks.

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