The framework announced that the laptop 16 will cost at least 1579 euros and that the first copies will be delivered in the last quarter of this year. The product is now available for pre-order. The 16-inch laptop gets an upgradeable GPU; Initially the RX 7700S unit.
The Laptop 16 is Framework’s first 16-inch laptop and also its first laptop whose GPU can be separately upgraded. The manufacturer announced the laptop back in March, but is now providing more details. The DIY version should cost €1,579 and the pre-built variant including the OS €1,919, for this amount buyers get a Ryzen 7 7840HS CPU, and the laptop is also on offer with a Ryzen 9 7940HS.
Like previous frame laptops, the modular laptop contains expansion cards, for example to provide the laptop with different USB or HDMI ports, or to give the laptop a microSD card reader. The Laptop 16 has six of these expansion card slots. New in the Laptop 16 is the Expansion Bay, where the laptop can be equipped with a discrete GPU. At the moment, the device can only be equipped with an AMD Radeon RX 7700S graphics unit for 450 euros. Those who prefer a lighter laptop can also purchase the Expansion Bay Shell. The Framework says that it took additional space for future GPUs into account along with other form factors when designing the graphics unit.
Furthermore, the laptop can be configured with two slots of 8 to 32GB of DDR5-5600 memory, for a total of 8 to 64GB of memory. Additionally, up to two NVMe sticks can be installed. Buyers can choose from different keyboards with or without RGB lighting, and can choose whether or not they want a number pad. Users can use commas to choose whether they want the keyboard in the middle of the laptop, or on the left or right side, provided they don’t use the number pad. Users can also choose whether they want the touchpad on the left or right side, or in the middle of the laptop.
The 16-inch laptop has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, supports Freesync technology, has a refresh rate of 165 Hz and a maximum brightness of 500 cd / m². The screen supports the full DCI-P3 color spectrum and has a contrast of 1,500:1. The laptop has an 85Whr battery, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, four speakers, a 1080p webcam, and a fingerprint scanner compatible with Windows and Linux. Frame delivers to Holland, but not yet to Belgium.
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