Repairable electronics company Framework just announced a new take on the company’s signature laptop. Produced in partnership with Google, the company releases the Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition. As the name suggests, it is an iteration of the Framework laptop designed specifically for ChromeOS.
The system is available to order in the US and Canada starting today and is expected to ship in early December, the company said. Starting at $999, the system is very much on the higher end of the Chromebook’s price range, coming in on nearly double systems from companies like Samsung. It’s instead priced to compete with Google’s own Pixelbook.
Of course, recoverability and user customization should mean a lot to many consumers. You could certainly make a compelling argument that you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck with a system that can be kept alive longer than a prefabricated laptop.
Devin had some nice things to say about the stock system, noting “When you think about that money” […] as the beginning of an investment, and one that will prevent you from having to buy a new computer in 3-4 years, it starts to make more sense.” Of course, a regular system starts at a more affordable $819.
About the pricing, the company TechCrunch says:
The Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition has the same i5-1240P processor with 4+8 cores running up to 30W as we have in the base version of the Framework Laptop (12th Gen Intel Core), with a starting price that is $50 lower. With this product, we want to adjust people’s expectations about what Chromebooks are capable of. We took the existing Framework Laptop design, performance and modular ecosystem and created a version loaded with ChromeOS.
The system includes an aluminum frame, a 13.5-inch screen with a resolution of 2256 x 1504 (same as the Framework laptop). That’s powered by a 12th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 257GB of storage. All of that can be upgraded, of course – customization is the name of the game. There’s support for USB-C, USB-A, MicroSD, HDMI, DisplayPort and Ethernet ports — you pick the side.
In addition to the new system, replaceable components and modules will be available for purchase.
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