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Purism Librem 5 open source Linux phone latest news, official specs, release date, price and where to buy

ByGoraud Mazanec 2019-07-30 2800

Purism released the final specification of Librem 5 on its website and said it would go on sale in the third quarter of 2019. Librem 5 is a free and open source Linux smartphone centered on user privacy and encryption. It runs the Debian-based GNU/Linux operating system, and the desktop environment uses KDE Plasma Mobile or GNOME Shell, and it only runs open source applications.

Purism Librem 5 smartphone​ 

Purism Librem 5 smartphone price and availability

The Librem 5 smartphone is available for pre-order now with the preferential early bird price of $649 on Purism official web, and the price will rise by $50 after July 31.

Purism Librem 5 smartphone specs


5.7-inch IPS TFT screen @720x1440 HD display


iMX8M Quad CPU @ max. 1.5GHz


OpenGL/ES 3.1, Vulkan, OpenCL 1.2




Built-in 32GB eMMC

Memory expansion

microSD card up to 2TB

3 hardware buttons

● WiFi / Bluetooth

● Cellular baseband

● Camera and microphone

● Turn off the 3 buttons at the same time = disable IMU+compass & GNSS, ambient light, and proximity sensors.

(proximity sensors)

Other buttons

Power key, volume± keys


3500mAh detachable battery

Wireless connection

802.11abgn 2.4 Ghz / 5Ghz + Bluetooth 4


● Option 1: Gemalto PLS8 3G/4G modem w/ single sim on replaceable M.2 card

● Option 2: Broadmobi BM818 (made in China)

● nanoSIM tray for cellular




● 13MP rear camera and a LED flashlight

● 8MP front camera

USB Type-C port

● USB 3.0 data transfer

● Dual-Role Port

● Video output


● 1 headset speaker + digital microphone

● 3.5mm headphone jack with stereo output and mono microphone input

● Audio DAC:Wolfson Media WM8962. 

● 1 external speaker

Card slot

Reader with 2FF card slot (SIM card size)

Notification light

RGB LED with PWM control per color

Other sensors

● Accelerometer, gyroscope and compass sensors

● Ambient light and proximity sensor

● Tactile motor

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