The Librem 5 is a new smartphone currently in development that’s seen a lot of hype in the Free Open Source Software world because it’s designed for technology freedom and security. This is a phone meant to be controlled by you, the user, not the company that made it. The phone will run a modified version of Debian Linux called Pure OS which will run all sorts of Linux applications. Another defining feature of the Librem 5 will be its hardware kill switches and removable battery that give you explicit control over what the hardware is actually doing. Even the 3G/4G cellular modem is replacable!

You can pre-order the Librem 5 for the early bird discounted price of $649 before July 31st with the price going up to $699 afterwards.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of the Librem 5 hardware and specific components included:
CPU: i.MX8M @ max. 1.5GHz
– Quad core CortexA53, 64bit ARM
– GPU: OpenGUES 3.1, Vulkan, OpenCL 1.2
– Auxiliary Cortex M4
RAM:3GBRAM
Storage:
• Internal 32GB eMMC
– microSD storage expansion slot
Display: 5.7″ !PS TFT [email protected] 720•1440
3 Hardware Kill Switches:
– WiFi / Bluetooth
– Cellular Baseband
– Cameras & microphone
– All 3 off= additionally disable lMU+compass & GNSS, ambient light and proximity sensors
Other Buttons: Power button, Volume + buttons
Battery: 3,500mAh, user replaceable
Wireless : 802.ll abgn 2.4 Ghz / 5Ghz + Bluetooth 4
Baseband :
– Option I: Gemalto PLS8 3G/4G modem w/ single sim on replaceable M.2 card
– Option 2: Broadmobi BM818 (made in China)
– microSlM slot for cellular
CPS: Teseo LIF3 GNSS
Cameras:
– Rear [email protected] 13 MPixel
– Camera flash LED for rear camera
– Front camera @ 8 MPixel
USB Type-C Port:
– USB3.0 data
– Power Delivery (Dual-Role Port)
– Video out
Audio:
– 1 earpiece speaker + digital microphone
– 3.5mm headphone jack with stereo out and mono microphone input
Smartcard: Reader with 2FF card slot (SIM card size)
Notification Lights : RGB LED with PWM control per color
Other Sensors, Components:
– Acceleration, gyro and compass sensor (“9-axis” by ST, LSM9DS1)
– Ambient light and proximity sensor: VCNL4040
– Haptic motor




Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!

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