Framework: Modular laptop now with 12th generation Intel Core i5 and i7
The Framework laptop gets twelfth-generation Intel Core processors, a new lid, and a new expansion card.
One Core i5 or two Core i7 are available. The lid of the framework is supposed to be stiffer and an expansion card with Gigabit Ethernet is in the starting blocks. As befits a modular system, the components also appear individually for retrofitting already purchased models.
First batch in July
The new variants of the Framework laptop can be pre-ordered now and only directly from the manufacturer. So far, only in Germany, Austria, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Ireland and the USA. The first batch is supposed to be delivered in July.
The Core i5-1240P, Core i7-1260P and Core i7-1280P are available for selection. The prices start at 959, 1339 or 1769 euro - without working memory, SSD and operating system.
According to Framework, the lid was criticized in the feedback of the first generation that Philipp Rüegg tested. Therefore, its assembly was redesigned to increase the "stiffness". Furthermore, the standby battery life - especially with Linux installation - is said to have been optimized.
Framework's notebook still has four slots for expansion cards. Another card is added to the previous seven models (two with storage and HDMI, USB-A, USB-C, DisplayPort and microSD). An Ethernet port had been requested most often. Framework wants to fulfill this request in the course of the year. With the Realtek RTL8156 controller, the card supports 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet in addition to 10/100/1000 Megabit.
If you want to enjoy the new hardware, you don't have to order a new Framework laptop. The mainboard with the Intel Core i of the twelfth generation as well as the new laptop lid are also available separately for retrofitting. Philipp Rüegg also tried out how the mainboard can be upgraded. The upgrade kit with top cover and mainboard starts at 588 euro. However, you can only sign up for a notification at the sales launch for now.
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