Framework already does something different with its laptop than other manufacturers: sustainability is part of the concept, which is why older systems can be upgraded with new mainboards. If something breaks, you can buy spare parts directly from the manufacturer; Illustrated repair instructions are available for all components. You can also buy the notebook without Windows and use Linux instead.
Another operating system will be available in the future: In North America, Framework plans to offer its laptop in an additional Chromebook Edition from December. This is not ChromeOS Flex, which you can download and use freely, but a close cooperation with Google. Framework has designed an adapted mainboard for this, which does not boot using UEFI, but – typical Chromebook – with CoreBoot. Google’s Titan C security chip is also on board.
A model to customize
Exactly one configuration is planned at the start, namely with a Core i5-1240P, 8 GB DDR4 memory and a 256 GB SSD for 1000 US dollars. Both memories are plugged in and can therefore be expanded by yourself. Four interface modules with USB-C are included in the purchase price, but these can be exchanged for other modules for a small additional charge. You can choose between USB-A, HDMI, DisplayPort, a MicroSD card reader and a LAN adapter with 2.5 GBit/s. Such an individual interface selection is another unique selling point of Framework in addition to the lived sustainability.
Apart from a Chromebook lettering on the outside of the lid, nothing has changed in terms of the rest of the hardware: components such as the display, screen frames available in several colors, battery, touchpad or housing parts can be ordered individually and are cross-compatible with all previous models.