Framework are doing some great things after the first model of the modular Framework Laptop, then the mainboard release and new an upgraded model with 12th Gen Intel.
The new unit as a whole has some other parts upgraded too including a redesigned lid assembly for "significantly improved rigidity" and they say how they've also "carefully optimized standby battery life, especially for Linux users". A new expansion card is also coming soon for 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet.
Sticking to their promise of being modular and reducing waste, this 12th Gen Intel unit will also be available as an upgrade module to swap if you have a current Framework Laptop. The top cover is also available by itself for people who want the newer version and there's also an upgrade kit for them both.
The new units go up for pre-order today in US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Austria, and Ireland with more countries being announced through this year. To order you need to place a deposit which is fully refundable and it's being done again in a batch system.
For their original model, the price has also been dropped to sell them all and fully move onto the new model. The 11th Gen Intel DIY model is down to £699 or £899 for the pre-built Windows model. While the new 12th Gen Intel DIY model is £819 and the pre-built £1,049.
Framework continue testing and working on their Linux support in the DIY edition too, noting that they've now tested Fedora 36 working "fantastically well out of the box, with full hardware functionality including WiFi and fingerprint reader support" and Ubuntu 22.04 "also works great after applying a couple of workarounds, and we’re working to eliminate that need".
More info on the Framework blog post.
I truly hope to see more of this come along, it's super wasteful to get rid of an entire laptop for upgrades.