System76, Linux hardware and software vendor has today formally begun teasing the new 'Lemur Pro' laptop and it's their most open yet.
With a price that will start at $1099 it's not going to be a low-end machine, far from it, sounds like a sweet unit for many uses. System76 say you will be able to "Watch all of Lord of the Rings in 10 hours. Read Wikipedia articles for 16 hours or write code in VIM for 21 hours straight…without plugging in", at the default brightness level. Pretty good sounding battery life, compared with my own laptop lasting all of 2 hours doing anything.
Okay, so what makes it their 'most open yet?'. Well, they're going to be using System76 Open Firmware for starters which includes Coreboot, EDK2, System76 Firmware Apps. It's also going to have their open source embedded controller firmware System76 EC.
As for some specifications, get a load of this:
Pop!_OS 19.10 (64-bit), Pop!_OS 18.04 LTS (64-bit), or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (64-bit)
10th Gen Intel® Core i5-10210U: 1.6 up to 4.2 GHz - 6MB Cache - 4 Cores - 8 Threads
10th Gen Intel® Core i7-10510U: 1.8 up to 4.9 GHz - 8MB Cache - 4 Cores - 8 Threads
14.1″ 1920×1080 IPS, Matte Finish
Intel® UHD Graphics
Up to 40 GB DDR4 @ 2666 MHz
2× M.2 SSD. Up to 4TB total.
USB 3.1 Type-C, 2× USB 3.0 Type-A, MicroSD Card Reader
12.64″ × 8.5″ × 0.61″ (32.1 × 21.6 × 1.55 cm)
There's no exact date mentioned on when it will go live, however we've been told they will be sending out details on that sometime soon.
I am once again getting some serious hardware envy, sounds like a good machine. Good screen, great battery life, plenty of ports and lots of storage space backed up by some reasonably strong other internals with the recent Intel CPU.
Check out the System76 Lemur Pro here.