Purism provides ‘open source’ laptop with Core i7-7500U




and 4k screen
The company Purism has announced generation four of its Librem laptops. The laptops distinguish themselves with open source software and a focus on privacy and now get a more powerful processor. The Librem 15 gets a 4k screen.

Purism delivers the fourth version of the Librem 13 and 15 with an Intel Core i7-7500U , a dualcore of the Kaby Lake generation with a clock speed of 2.7GHz and boost to 3.5GHz. Intel introduced the processor in 2016. The company equipped the previous generation with a Core i7-6500U from 2015.

Also with the new processor the laptop runs coreboot , the alternative to closed bios and uefi code. As an experimental option, Purism makes it possible to disable the Intel Management Engine. That is part of the goal to achieve a truly ‘free’ bios. The laptops run PureOS, a Linux Debian based operating system.

The Librem 13 has a matte ips screen with an image diagnostic of 13 “and a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, but the 15.6” laptop now gets a matte 4k screen instead of a 1080p display. Purism delivers the laptops with 4GB ddr4, with the option to expand this to 16GB, and a ssd of 120GB. The laptops come in an aluminum housing and include a physical button to turn off the camera and microphone.

The prices are unchanged. The Librem 13 and 15 are available for starting prices of 1399 and 1599 dollars respectively.


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