Framework’s modular DIY laptop has won the hearts and minds of many laptop fans as well as models with the right to repair. A year after launch, the company returns to offer the biggest test of its long-term viability as a computer company: chip upgrades. Today, the company announces new machines packing 12th-generation Intel Core chips, as well as replacing motherboards with new silicon for existing models.
As the company grows, consumers will have to make a refundable pre-order deposit of $ 100, with motherboard prices ranging from $ 449 to $ 1,049. If you want to catch a Core i5-1240P, you’ll pay $ 449, while $ 699 will get you a Core i7-1260P, with high-ranking people looking for an i7-1280P, paying the full $ 1,049. Framework uses a batch order fulfillment system and advises potential buyers to receive their orders earlier.
At the same time, the company is launching a new top cover, which aims to add extra rigidity to the body of the system. While the original cover is made of aluminum, the new modules are CNC milled from a solid aluminum block. This is also available both in the new sold version of the laptop and as an upgrade for existing devices that are already in the wild, for $ 89.
As part of this annual upgrade, we see the company’s first new expansion card in the form of a 2.5Gbit Ethernet adapter. Framework says the new card uses a Realtek RTL8156 controller and will also support 10/100 / 1000Mbit Ethernet and will go on sale later this year. The news list completes the updated Linux support for both Fedora 36 and Ubuntu 22.04, as well as better power management while the machine is in standby mode.
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