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Framework Embraces ChromeOS with Chromebook Edition Laptop

Ultra customizable framework framework laptop We are moving to a new type of laptop, the Chromebook, with a fully interchangeable mainboard and expansion modules for different ports.

Starting today, Framework is accepting pre-orders for the Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition. Pricing starts at $999 and will ship in early December.

In its release, Framework said the laptop would run on a 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1240P and deliver 30 watts of sustained performance. The pre-built version comes with 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 256GB of NVMe storage, which can be upgraded up to 64GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. The company has not disclosed what kind of upgrades will be available in the future, but a representative said all current expansion cards are cross-compatible between Framework Laptop and Chromebook Editions. .

Most of the known framework laptops remain unchanged in the Chromebook Edition, including the 3:2 display, Intel 12th Gen P-series processors, magnetic bezels, and hardware switches that block access to the microphone and camera. Upgrading and replacing parts is still easy, like socketed RAM and storage, and QR codes that link to repair guides.

There are some differences. The biggest problem is that Chromebook keyboard layouts are different from typical Windows laptop keyboard layouts. For example, the Control and Alt keys are long, so the cutout is long. It’s unclear what options the framework offers to customize its layout.

Additionally, Framework says battery optimizations by Google and Intel should lead to even longer battery life. I found the Windows version to have moderate battery life, so this is a good thing.

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