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Purism updates the Librem laptop line with gen 7 Intel ULV CPUs

The new Librem 15 is packing a 4K display. (Source: Purism)
The new Librem 15 is packing a 4K display. (Source: Purism)
The new Librem 13 / 15 models come equipped with the i7-7500U CPU coupled with up to 16 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM and up to 2 TB NVMe SSD + 4 TB SATA SSD storage combos. The security features from the previous versions are still there and the Linux-based PureOS got an upgrade as well. The 13-inch model still features an FHD display, while the 15-incher got a 4K upgrade.

Purism is known for the great security features that come with its proprietary smartphone and laptop mdoels. The first Librem 13/15 laptops were released back in early 2016. These were running PureOS based on Linux and a custom Coreboot firmware in order to allow for maximum security measures like hardware kill switches for mic/webcam and wireless/bluetooth, disabled Intel Management Engine and carefully selected hardware that does not “spy” on the user. Just recently, Purism announced that it updated the Librem lineup with new gen 7 Intel ULV CPUs and a few new hardware upgrades.

The crowd-funded company initially planned a CPU upgrade for late 2017, but, apparently, it had some supply and funding problems and was forced to postpone the upgrade. Sure, the gen 7 Intel Core i7-7500U that was chosen as the current upgrade may seem a bit antiquated compared to the newer gen 8 i7-8559U that has double the cores / threads and offers up to 40% increased performance for only US$30 more, however, the other components and features balance things out. In addition to the aforementioned security features, users can choose to include between 4 and 16 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM, and the storage options can integrate combos of up to 2 TB NVMe SSD + 4 TB SATA SSD.

Both the 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch models come with light black anodized aluminum chassis and mostly the same configurations. The only difference between the two models is that the Librem 13 integrates a matte FHD display, while the Librem 15 packs a 4K matte display.

Prices for the Librem 13 start at US$1,399, whereas the Librem 15 is selling for at least US$1,599.

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Librem 15 (Source: Purism)
Librem 15 (Source: Purism)
Librem 15 (Source: Purism)
Librem 15 (Source: Purism)
Librem 15 (Source: Purism)
Librem 15 (Source: Purism)
All-side view of an unopened Librem 15 (Source: Purism)
All-side view of an unopened Librem 15 (Source: Purism)

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Bogdan Solca, 2019-01-15 (Update: 2019-01-15)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.