Framework laptops with fully customizable configurations now available for pre-order for just US$100
We have previously reported about Framework — a new laptop brand that seeks to offer fully upgradeable, customizable, and easily repairable devices. The first Framework device is a 13.5-inch laptop that is powered by Intel Tiger Lake-U processor options, and it features a 3:2 2,256 x 1,504 display, a 1080p 60 fps webcam, a 1.5 mm travel keyboard, and a 55 WHr battery.
The USP of the Framework laptop is its highly modular nature that allows users to customize nearly every aspect of the device. Apart from the usual RAM, SSD, and Wi-Fi card, buyers can also swap-out the port selection via expansion cards, change the keyboard deck to suit their typing layout and language, and even interchange the screen's bezels to match the mood.
According to Framework, all swappable components are designed with ease of use in mind with the user only having to reach out for one screwdriver that comes included in the box. Each component comes with a QR code that directs the user to step-by-step instructions and a link to order replacements directly from the Framework marketplace.
We had the opportunity to talk to Framework's Founder Nirav Patel recently on a range of aspects of the laptop. During the conversation, Nirav also said that it would be theoretically possible to upgrade even the motherboard when there's a new platform upgrade available. This is, of course, only feasible provided the new processor upgrade can work well with the current chassis and thermal design and is something that Framework is looking to explore some time down the line. Intel to AMD swap, anyone?
For the moment, Framework is focusing on offering two kinds of Tiger Lake-U laptops — a barebones DIY Edition that can be customized from scratch or pre-defined configurations, which can also be customized to a large extent similar to the DIY Edition. The DIY Edition allows for a wide component choice that buyers can choose from Framework or use their own (including the OS, Windows 10 or Linux)
Framework has now opened pre-orders for the following configurations:
- Base: Core i5-1135G7, 8 GB DDR4, 256 GB NVMe, Wi-Fi 6, Windows 10 Home — US$999
- Performance: Core i7-1165G7, 16 GB DDR4, 512 GB NVMe, Wi-Fi 6, Windows 10 Home — US$1,399
- Professional: Core i7-1185G7, 32 GB DDR4, 1 TB NVMe, Wi-Fi 6 vPro, Windows 10 Pro — US$1,999
- DIY Edition: starting from US$749
Framework said that prospective buyers just need to pay US$100 for the pre-order and the balance will be collected once the laptop is ready to be shipped. The company is also offering a 30-day money back guarantee. Pre-orders are open now for US residents with Canada opening up in the coming weeks. Framework confirmed that orders from Europe and Asia will be taken before the end of the year.
With supply constraints still showing no respite, Framework has chosen to open pre-orders in batches. The orders for the first batch will be shipping by the end of July and additional batches will open up consequently.
Framework Press Release