Purism announced the launch of its Librem 5 smartphone, announced last month. In addition, Linux-smartphone will use a number of non-standard components by the standards of modern gadgets.
The “core” of the unusual new product with a 5.7-inch IPS display (1440x720, 282 PPI) is the NXP i.MX 8M mobile platform. The clock frequency of the 28-nm processor smartphone with four cores Cortex-A53 is 1.5 GHz. Based on a similar chipset, some solutions in the transport industry are built.
Purism Librem 5 is equipped with 3 GB of RAM and a 32 GB eMMC drive with expandable microSD cards. For charging and connecting to a PC, the USB Type-C port is used, and a 3.5 mm audio jack is also provided. The sensor resolution of the main camera is 13 megapixels, the front - 8 megapixels.
One of the features of the device is the ability to hardware disable the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, camera, and even mobile modules. It is noteworthy that the connection of wireless modules to the system board is done using M.2 slots. The battery capacity of Librem 5 is 3500 mAh. The device is running PureOS based on the Debian distribution with the ability to switch between the mobile versions of GNOME and KDE.
Out of the box, users can use the functions of voice calls, sending short messages and e-mail, web surfing, as well as taking photos and recording videos. With the next OS updates, the developers promise to add a calendar, a note-taking application, a calculator, tools for viewing PDF files and other useful software.
The price of Purism Librem 5 at the start of sales is $699.