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Purism’s Librem 5 Mass Production Linux Phone Begins Shipping to Customers

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Purism is now shipping the mass production version of the Librem 5 phone to customers worldwide after finally managing to finish up their extensive quality control steps and fulfillment procedures.

The first customers to receive the mass production Librem 5 phone are the early backers, followed by all USA pre-orders, general backers, as well as orders placed after shipping begins, and shipping parity, which is expected to be achieved by the middle of Q1 2021.

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T1 Modem Variant Works In Librem 5

  • T1 Modem Variant Works In Librem 5

    When we first announced that the Librem 5 would default to the BM818 modem, we listed US and EU variants of the modem that support different frequencies that are in use in those regions. While there are frequency overlaps throughout the world (this is why you can take a phone between the US and Europe and have it work for the most part), having a modem that supports all of your local frequencies ensures the best performance.

    Ever since it was discovered that there was a T1 variant to the BM818 modem for the Librem 5, we have gotten questions from our friends in the Asia Pacific region about whether we would offer it. We didn’t want to announce anything until we had modems and could test them in the Librem 5 to ensure they work but I’m happy to announce we just completed that testing and it works!

Librem 5 Mass Production Phone Has Begun Shipping

  • Librem 5 Mass Production Phone Has Begun Shipping

    Purism, a Social Purpose Company (SPC) focusing on security and privacy with its hardware and software, has begun shipping its mass-produced Librem 5 phone to customers.

    The Librem 5 is a one-of-a-kind general-purpose computer in a phone form-factor that Purism has designed and built from scratch following a successful crowdfunding campaign that raised over $2.2 million. Both the hardware and software design is focused on respecting the end user’s freedom and giving them control over their privacy and security. The Librem 5 doesn’t run Android nor iOS but instead runs the same PureOS operating system as Purism’s laptops and mini PC.

The Journey to Shipping the Librem 5

  • The Journey to Shipping the Librem 5

    I was a pretty avid mountaineer when I lived in the pacific northwest, as a child I set a goal to summit every mountain in the Olympic National Forest. There are a lot of them, and I reached that goal over the course of many many years. I summited with my father one weekend, then my brother the next, and my friend the third, and a hiking group the fourth. Sometimes two in a day, sometimes taking a break due to weather, sometimes failing to summit and retrying again the next month. Mountaineers have perseverance.

    With Purism, and specifically the Librem 5, I set a lofty goal of delivering a mobile phone that does not spy on you, avoids Big Tech entirely, ensures that all the software is freedom respecting with the source code released, that is the most secure phone available on the market, while also making it convenient to use. I knew back in 2014 when I formed Purism that this was going to be a multi-year very challenging journey, and I also knew that there would be many summits toward this much larger goal.

Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphone is now shipping

  • Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphone is now shipping

    Purism’s first smartphone is now shipping. The Librem 5 is a smartphone with a 5.7 inch display, an NXP i.MX8M quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 4,500 mAh battery.

    It’s also one of only a handful of smartphones designed to ship with a GNU/Linux distribution rather than Android or iOS.

    The phone has been under development for several years, and a small number of dev kits and pre-production units have already been shipped. But mass production of the first “Evergreen” batch hardware began recently, and earlier this month Purism announced that it would begin shipping the mass production version of the phone to customers.

Mass-Produced, Librem 5 Linux Smartphone Begins Shipping...

  • Mass-Produced, Librem 5 Linux Smartphone Begins Shipping to Customers

    Their announcement notes their work on software making desktop applications "adaptive" to phone form factors, adding "This suite of software has now become the most popular software stack to use on other handheld Linux hardware." And they close with an appreciative comment from Purism's founder and CEO Todd Weaver:

    "Shipping the Librem 5 has been an immense multi-year developmental effort. It is the culmination of people's desire to see an alternative to Android and iOS and fund it, coupled with dedication from a team of experts addressing hardware, kernel, operating system, and applications that has turned a lofty near-impossible goal into reality. We have built a strong foundation and with the continued support of customers, the community, and developers, we will continue to deliver revolutionary products like the Librem 5 running PureOS."

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