Refurbishable electronics firm Framework has just announced a new approach to the company’s signature laptop. Co-produced with Google, the company is launching the Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition. As the name suggests, it’s an iteration of the Framework Laptop specifically designed for ChromeOS.
The system is up for pre-order in the US and Canada starting today and is expected to start shipping in early December, according to the company. Starting at $999, the system is very much at the upper end of the Chromebook pricing section, offering nearly double the price of systems from companies like Samsung. Instead, it’s priced to compete with the likes of Google’s own Pixelbook.
Of course, user repairability and customization must mean a lot to many users. One can certainly make a strong case that you get a lot of bang for your buck with a system that can be kept alive longer than a pre-assembled laptop.
Devin had some nice things to say about the standard system, noting “if you think about that money […] as a starter investment, and one that will keep you from buying another computer in 3-4 years, it starts to make more sense.” Of course, the regular system starts at a more affordable $819.
About pricing, the company tells TechCrunch:
The Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition uses the same i5-1240P processor with 4+8 cores running at up to 30W that 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 change people’s expectations of what Chromebooks are capable of. We took the existing design, performance and modular ecosystem of the Framework Laptop and created a version with ChromeOS loaded into it.
The system includes an aluminum frame, a 13.5-inch display with a resolution of 2256 x 1504 (the same as the Framework laptop). This is powered by a 12th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 257GB of storage. Of course, all of this is upgradeable – customization is the name of the game. There is support for USB-C, USB-A, MicroSD, HDMI, DisplayPort and Ethernet ports – you choose the country.
Replaceable components and modules will be sold together with the new system.