The first phone based on Linux is now one step closer to reality.
Purism, the company has announced the final specifications for the Librem 5 – smartphone is fully based on operating system Linux, this project was implemented thanks to successfulsecond crowdfunding campaign 2017and.
It was known that the main part of the equipment, which will make it possible to create a smartphone focused on privacy, has been selected (and available in sets for developers), but some components, such as memory, camera, had yet to approve.
Librem 5. Specifications and Features
Librem 5 runs on the Board i.MX8. It combines four ARM Cortex A53 support the core of the ARM Cortex M4. In addition, this Board has an integrated graphics processor that supports OpenGL 3.0, Vulkan and Open CL 1.2.
This will make sure that the user interface Librem 5 “phosh” will work quickly.
Purism confirmed that the display at the Librem 5 is the size of 5.7 inches. I.e. two-tenths of an inch more than the previous proposed version of the 5.5 inch is an elegant compromise between “not too big” and “not too small”.
Approved the amount of RAM in the phone is 3 GB.
Features Librem 5:
- Display: IPS TFT 5.7 inch (resolution 720х1440)
- Processor i.MX8M ARM Cortex A53 (Quad-core) with a frequency of 1.5 GHz
- Graphics processor, OpenGL/ES 3/1, OpenGL 3.0, Vulkan, OpenCL 1.2
- RAM: 3 GB RAM
- Built-in memory: 32 GB eMMC
- Front camera: 8 MP
- Main camera: 13 MP (with flash)
- Port: USB Type-C (data, charging, video output)
- Battery: removable 3500 mAh.
The phone memory was filled quickly with only 32 GB of internal memory. Fortunately there is a microSD slot to increase storage space up to 2 TB.
Headphone users will appreciate the 3.5 mm headphone Jack (stereo), which also supports microphone (mono).
A rarity among today’s smartphones: the Librem 5 battery capacity 3500mAh replacement. At the time of writing the exact information on how many will work the battery Librem 5, as talk time, wait time, etc.
The device is notable by the presence of a hardware switch for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, cellular, camera and microphone.
When all 3 hardware switch off, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor phone and its IMU (compass, gyro, accelerometer) are also disabled.
Librem 5 equipped with GPS, courtesy of Teseo GNSS LIF8.
Modem and Network Ranges
In Librem 5 modem brand modem Gemalto PLS8 3G/4G (single SIM) on a removable card M. 2, which can be replaced by model Broadmobi BM818 (in all probability; but the details I do not possess).
Being a Brit, I’m not fully aware of how to operate cellular networks in the USA, so it’s best to look at the information on the page Purism support network to get an overview of the supported ranges of modems in the US (and unsupported).
In the UK and Europe smartphone Librem 5 should work well with most mobile operators, even at 4G speeds (with the European version of the modem).
Can you check your network ranges on the website to review the rate.
Price and Release date
Purism, the company said that the release of iPhone 5 Librem still planned later this year, when it will be delivered to supporters of the crowdfunding campaign Librem 5 to those who pre-ordered, and then those who will buy it after release.
How much is a smartphone Librem 5? At the time of writing this article is 649$, while Purism emphasizes that the price will increase$ 50 when start total smartphone sales!
You can buy Librem 5 on the store page of Purism.
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Translation of the article: https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/07/purism-librem-5-specs-confirmed