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 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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
Besides 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.
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.