Due to the overwhelming backer response to our Librem 15 design, and the fantastic responses from an unbelievably knowledgeable group, we have had to break our manufacturing into two revisions to accommodate every request. ‘rev1’ will be the incremental step toward the final ‘rev2’ which will have all the approved changes from the backers. This will mean rev1 will meet the April 2015 deliverable, however rev2 will be delivered in June of 2015.
We wanted to get this news out as quickly as we could, so everybody is aware of the likely delay in orders (unless your order did not have many new features requested).
The important take away from this news is that unless you specifically request a rev1 (when we send you an email about it mid-March), with its design limitations, we will be shipping rev2 to all backers. (no need to respond right now).
Thank you for understanding for us to accommodate all the great backer ideas, we have had to work diligently with the fabrication to get it all to work to our strict beliefs and standards, which has added manufacturing time.
Here are the differences between ‘rev1’ and ‘rev2’:
|Librem 15 Rev 1||Librem 15 Rev 2|
|Delivery||April 2015||June 2015|
|CPU Cache||4 MB||6 MB|
|CPU Cores||2 (4 Threads)||4 (8 Threads)|
|CPU Max Frequency||3.0 GHz||3.4GHz|
|CPU Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 5500||Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200|
|Physical Memory Max||8GB||32GB|
|Memory Speed||DDR3L 1600MHz||DDR3L 1600MHz|
|Thunderbolt or mini-DP||Yes, 1 mini-DP+||Yes, 2 mini-DP+|
|Webcam||720p 1.0 Mega pixels||720p 1.0 Mega pixels|
|Second Drive Bay||(TBD)||Battery, CD/DVD ROM, CD/DVD RW, BlueRay, 2nd Drive|
|TPM||Yes 2.0||Yes 2.0|
|Screen||15.6” 1920x1080p Matte IPS @ 60Hz||15.6” 1920x1080p Matte IPS, 15.6” 3840x2160p Matte IPS @ 60Hz|
|HDD||2.5” 7.0mm SataIII||2.5” 7.0mm SataIII|
|SSD||M.2 22*80||M.2 22*80|
|MiniPCIE||1 Slot (used for WiFi card)||2 Slots (1 used for WiFi card)|
|Wireless||Atheros 802.11n (AR9465) w/ 2 Antennas||Atheros 802.11n (AR9465) w/ 2 Antennas|
|RF hardware cut-off||No||Yes|
|Mic/Camera hardware cut-off||No||Yes|
|Speakers||2 stereo speakers||2 stereo speakers w/ amplifier|
|Ethernet||1000M Realtek RTL8168||1000M Realtek RTL8168|
|Power Port||1 DC-in Port||1 DC-in Port|
|Audio Port||1 Jack, Mic/Line out||1 Jack, Mic/Line out, Mini-TOSLINK|
|USB Port||4 USB 3.0 Ports||4 USB 3.0 Ports|
|HDMI||1 HDMI 1.4 Port||1 HDMI 2.0 Port|
|RJ45||Yes, Pop-down||Yes, Pop-down|
|Card Reader||Yes, 2-in-1 SD/MMC||Yes, 2-in-1 SD/MMC|
|LED Indicators||Power (white), Battery (white/amber), Wifi (white)||Power (white), Battery (white/amber), RF Power (white), Mic/Camera Power (white)|
|Reset Key||1 Reset Hole||1 Reset Hole|
|Touchpad||ALPS all-in-one||ALPS all-in-one|
|Thermal Design||Low noise fan||Low noise fan|
The specifications between rev1 and rev2 of the Librem 15 laptop designs.
+ mini-DP (or ThunderBolt) available instead of optical drive
We fully understand that any delay is not a positive experience, but hope you all can understand the importance of what we are doing long-term, and this two month delay to get to a wonderful backer designed rev2 will be worth every bit of the wait.