Purism launches their first Linux mini PC with Librem Mini powered by an Intel Core i7-8565U Whiskey Lake processor earlier this year, and now the company has unveiled an updated model with the same features, except that Librem Mini v2 mini PC features a slightly more powerful 10th generation Intel Core i7-10510U Comet Lake processor for the same $699 price tag.
Librem Mini v2 specifications:
- SoC – Intel Core i7-10510U quad-core/octa-thread Comet Lake processor @ 1.8 GHz / 4.9 GHz (Turbo) with 8MB cache, Intel UHD Graphics 620; 15W TDP
- System Memory – 2x SO-DIMM slot for up to 64GB DDR4-2400 RAM
- Storage – 1x SATA III 6Gbps SSD/HDD (7mm thickness), 1x M.2 SSD (SATA III/NVMe x4)
- Video Output – 1x HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60Hz, 1x DisplayPort 1.2 up to 4K @ 60Hz
- Audio – 3.5mm audio jack (Mic & Headphone), digital audio via HDMI
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Optional WiFi Atheros ATH9k Module for dual-band (2.4/5.0 GHz) 802.11n WiFi 4
- Optional Bluetooth 4.0 using Ar3k driver & firmware
- USB – 4x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C port
- Misc – Power button, fan for cooling
- Power Supply – DC-IN Jack
- Dimensions – 12.8 x 12.8 x 3.8 cm
- Weight – 1 kg
A look at the specifications shows only the processor has changed, and the main difference is the higher Turbo frequency (4.9 GHz vs 4.6 GHz) since Comet Lake and Whiskey Lake processors are pretty similar, and it looks like Librem mini version 2 completely replaces the first vesion of the mini PC since it’s gone from the website.
Librem mini v2 ships with the company’s PureOS Linux distribution that features Coreboot based PureBoot bootloader that disables and neutralizes the Intel Management Engine (IME).
You can order the mini PC for $699 and up with 8GB RAM and a 250 GB M.2 SATA SSD. But the mini PC is made to order and customizable with more RAM, storage, a wireless module, as well as a Librem hardware USB key for improved security. The mini PC is meant to be used as a desktop computer, a media center, a mini server, or a digital signage player.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
Outdated connectivity options (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth versions). Expensive, considering it starts at ~$700!