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Framework and Google collaborate on Chromebook DIY laptops: powered by Intel’s 12th Gen Core i5-1240P processor, starting at $7133

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IT House September 25 news, recently, Framework announced that it has cooperated with Google to create a Chromebook version of the Framework laptop. Take the best parts of Framework laptops and combine them with the powerful simplicity of ChromeOS to create a high-performance, upgradeable, repairable, customizable Chromebook.

The Chromebook version is now available for pre-order in the U.S. and Canada, starting at $999, with first shipments in early December. Framework uses a bulk booking system that requires only a $100, fully refundable deposit at the time of booking. All replacement parts and modules that make up the Chromebook edition of Framework also appear in the list.

The Chromebook Edition features a Framework laptop design that includes a high-resolution (2256×1504) 3:2 display, a comfortable 1.5mm key-travel keyboard, and a precision-molded and milled aluminum case, all while remaining 15.85mm thick and 1.3kg ultra-portable. Powered by the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1240P processor with 4+8 CPU cores and 30W sustained performance, users can easily multitask while running heavy Chrome workloads. ChromeOS supports downloading Android apps from the Google Play Store, developing on Linux with Crostini, playing PC games with Steam on ChromeOS Alpha, and more.

The Chromebook version comes with an expansion card system,Users can choose which ports they want and which side to put them on, including support for USB-C, USB-A, MicroSD, HDMI, DisplayPort, Ethernet, high-speed storage, and more.

Memory and storage are socketed and can be loaded at any time. Pre-configured includes 8GB DDR4 memory and 256GB NVMe storage, upgradeable to up to 64GB DDR4 memory and 1TB NVMe storage. Users can also expand the space with 250GB and 1TB storage expansion cards.

The magnetic connection plate can adjust the appearance of the laptop. All Framework borders are compatible with Chromebook versions.

IT Home has learned that the Chromebook version has built-in hardware to control its own privacy. A hardware privacy switch cuts power to the camera and microphone, disabling any access.

Every part of the system has a scannable QR code for unprecedented access to documentation, repair guides, replacement and upgrade parts, and insight into design and manufacturing data. Using open source embedded controller firmware and coreboot BIOS, the underlying system software is also open.

Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition to maximize battery life and minimize impact on the planet. Framework reduces resource extraction and the entry of electronic waste into the environment by designing products to be repairable and long-lasting, enabling methods for modular reuse, and utilizing recycled materials in the manufacturing process.

Beyond the hardware, Framework has partnered with ChromeOS because of their commitment to enduring speed and transparency. The Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition is built with Google’s Titan C security chip and receives automatic updates through June 2030, all to keep Chromebooks fast and secure.

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