$999 Librem 11 Linux tablet features Celeron N5100 processor, 1TB NVMe SSD, 2.5K AMOLED display

Purism Librem 11 is an 11.5-inch Linux tablet running the secure PureBoot bootloader and PureOS Linux distribution with a focus on privacy and respect for personal freedom.

The tablet comes with what looks to be a decent 11.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with a 2560×1600 resolution, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB NVMe SSD, but the Intel Celeron N5100 quad-core Jasper Lake processor would be considered entry-level in 2023. The tablet also comes with a keyboard and stylus making a 2-in1 hybrid device.

Purism Librem 11 Linux tablet

Purism Librem 11 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N5100 quad-core Jasper Lake processor @ 1.1GHz/2.89GHz (Turbo) with Intel UHD Graphics
  • System Memory – 8 GB LPDDR4 (soldered)
  • Storage
    • 1 TB NVMe SSD (Kingston KC3000)
    • microSD card reader implemented with Genesys Logic GL823K
  • Display – 11.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560×1600 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, Goodix GXTP7380 multitouch digitizer, stylus support
  • Stylus – 2x buttons, 4096 pressure levels, tilt support (XY), USB-C chargeable
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack (mic-in & headphone-out combo)
  • Cameras
    • 2MP front-facing camera
    • 5M rear camera with auto or manual focus
  • Connectivity – WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5 via Intel AX201 (Purism says Bluetooth is implemented via an Intel 9460 module, but that does not make sense)
  • USB – 2x USB 3.1 Type-C ports with support for data, DisplayPort alt. mode, and Power Delivery (PD)
  • Sensors
    • Memsic MXC6655 accelerometer
    • Goodix (PID 0x5750) fingerprint reader: Note: not supported in fprint yet
  • Battery –
  • Dimensions – 264 x 172 x 6 mm
  • Weight – 560 grams

Librem 11 keyboardBesides shipping with a Linux distribution and a secure bootloader (no Intel IME), Purism also offers some added-value services such as a secure supply chain with Anti-Interdiction services for users that need to make sure the  Librem 11 is not tampered with during shipping and malware protection when using the Librem Key to cryptographically identify tampering.

As usual with Purism hardware a lot of the cost of the device goes to software development (and profit margins?), and the Librem 11 is a pricey tablet for the specs with the company selling for $999 with shipping scheduled within 10 days. So it will not be suitable for everybody, and the company highlights the tablet is especially well suited to “individuals, organizations, government agencies, law enforcement agencies, and businesses that need security and privacy with powerful portability”. More details may also be found on the product page.

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Willy
5 months ago

That doesn’t sound serious, $1000 for a 11″ tablet with a rubber keyboard… Good luck to them but I’d be curious to be presented a buyer to understand what convinces them to put $1000 into this. It’s not even that components are bad or whatever, it’s just that it doesn’t make much sense for any use case I can think of.

linuxgeex
5 months ago

Use case: you want a thin client that fits well in a briefcase or purse, has good battery life, and your lifestyle supports throwing $1000 non-deductible donations at Purism because you feel like you want to support their mission so it will be more accessible for other people in the future.

Luc
Luc
5 months ago

Yes, I agree with Willy. Even if the marketing arguments about privacy are accurate, my feeling is that Librem is not a big enough operator on the market to convience some big companies To use their solutions.

But I hope I’m wrong because I really appreciate their choices. Except the price of course.

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Upgrade pi-top [3]
5 months ago

I’m just baffled why they went with soldered RAM and no HKS. Like the main KSP with Purism that seriously differentiates it from competitors is HKS. Preventing people from upgrading their RAM would seem to fly in the face of previous marketing material / social purpose etc.

evadim
evadim
5 months ago

Purism have Coreboot instead of regular BIOS/UEFI, so I suspect Intel ME also disabled or made unusable.
For some people, not have hardware KVM over IP with out of band firewall (which able to call home) in their computer is enought to spend some money.

Jerry
Jerry
5 months ago

The CPU is weak, the amount of memory isn’t impressive. Probably the cameras are crap. People expect 120 Hz these days, along with 100% DCI-P3 support.

Nice parts: SSD size, resolution, BT & WiFi speed.

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