TThe specifications of the highly anticipated Librem 5 Linux smartphone have finally been released. The phone is made by a company known as Purism. If you are a regular reader of Fossbytes, you may be familiar with our support for companies that are dedicated to creating an authentic, secure, open source, and privacy-focused product.
Purism, the business is the discussion today follows these principles too. In addition, their latest product, Librem 5 is a smartphone that runs an open source operating system. Purism just released the specs for its long-awaited smartphone and on the face of it, the company has a winner in its hands, at least on paper.
Free 5: Specifications of Linux smartphones
Purism’s Librem 5 smartphone runs on an operating system known as PureOS, which is based on Debian GNU / Linux. As PureOS is an open source operating system from the Linux community, so security and system updates can be expected to be worthy of the term.
The Librem 5 is powered by I.MX8M Quad-Core processor with a maximum clock speed of 1.5 Ghz. It’s a pretty competent processor with Cortex A53 and Cortex cores.
The Quad-Core unit is capable of producing video output with 4K UHD resolution with HDR. What makes it perfect for a smartphone is its ability to run fanless due to its low thermal power.
The GPU embedded in the processor also supports OpenGL / ES 3.1, Vulkan and OpenCL 1.2. So it is safe to say that the Librem 5 Linux smartphone is a capable phone by today’s standards.
The processor is supported by 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. Considering that PureOS will be optimized for applications, the three GB of memory seems fine. However, the 32GB of eMMC internal storage is a bit of a letdown.
The area in which the Librem 5 Linux smartphone redeems itself is in terms of software and OS. Debian is one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems in the world. PureOS on Librem 5 keeps trackers disabled and privacy enabled by default.
PureOS comes with user controlled source code and also separates the processor from the cellular band. For smooth browsing, PureOS supports HTML 5 and all web apps run through a virtual sandbox to prevent them from accessing user data. Neither Android nor iOS offer this level of freedom and security.
Many popular apps including Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube will be supported by PureOS.
Librem 5: Main features of the Linux smartphone
The Librem 5 smartphone comes with a headphone jack, a 2FF card slot, a USB Type-C port that doubles as a charging point and video output port.
Librem 5 comes with a replaceable battery. After years of use, batteries tend to lose performance. Therefore, providing a replaceable battery is a great way to get the most out of your smartphone.
On the camera side, the Librem 5 is equipped with a 13 MP camera on the front with LED flash and an 8 MP camera on the front.
Other sensors in the Librem 5 include an accelerometer, gyro sensor, proximity sensor, and haptic motor. The phone also has an RGB LED notification light to add a level of user customization to the Librem 5 smartphone.
Free 5: Overview of Linux smartphones
The Linux-based Librem 5 smartphone seems like a dream come true for any free and open source software fan. Over the years, Apple and Google have shown time and time again that user privacy is not their primary goal.
The Linux smartphone is currently available at a pre-order bonus price of $ 649. The price of the Librem 5 will increase by $ 50 after July 31, 2019, so there’s a good chance you’ll save a few bucks. Deliveries of the Librem 5 will begin in the third quarter of 2019.
Purism’s Librem 5 seeks to challenge not only the market share of conventional smartphones, but also to show that caring about user privacy is best for businesses.
Hope they really succeed!
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