Android OS and iOS has dominated smartphone phone world and both are guilty of raid of user data privacy. Every now and then, someone comes up with the idea of a security focused smartphone. But no-one has gotten it quite right yet. No privacy focussed smartphone has been a hit anywhere yet. However, the team behind Purism Librem are making good progress in delivering on this ideal.
If successful, the Librem 5 phone will be the worldâ€™s first ever IP-native mobile handset, using end-to-end encrypted decentralized communication and running PureOS. It will also be capable of running any other GNU/Linux distribution where all the source code is available, including Ubuntu Touch. Pure OS itself is a PureOS is a derivative of Debian GNU/Linux.
Librem 5 will have hardware Kill Switches for the camera, microphone, WiFi/Bluetooth, and Baseband, so the user has greater control over what goes on in the phone. The Librem 5 will also have its CPU separate from Baseband.
The company behind the Librem 5 security focussed smartphone is called Purism. Founded in 2014, their Librem brand means â€œfreedom bookâ€ and is a line of computer hardware and bundled software with â€œcore values of freedom, privacy, and security, improve the world for the betterâ€. Purism has been building and selling privacy focused laptops for a few years, so they arenâ€™t exactly without experience in this.
Purism set out to raise $1,500,000 to build Librem 5 abut have raised an overwhelming $2,398,861. That is over 150% of their target. Not bad at all. The Librem 5 will be available from January 2019. That is quite a while to wait for, but if you want a smartphone that does not track you or exploit your personal info, it sounds like a worthy wait.
Purism Librem 5 Specifications
Details, specifications and features of the upcoming Librem 5 Security Focused Smartphone are still sketchy, and so we will keep updating this page as new information emerges.
- 2G: GSM, GPRS, EDGE
- 3G: UMTS, WCDMA, HSDPA
- 4G: LTE unspecified frequency bands
- Data Speed: HSPA, LTE
SIM Type & Count
- Unspecified SIM
- Pure OS or Ubuntu Touch or GNU/Linux
Design & Build
- Dimensions: mm
- Weight: g
- Colours: Black
- Type: IPS LCD display
- Size: 5.0 inches
- Resolution: 1920 Ã— 1080 pixels
- Multitouch: Yes
- Librem 5 Security Focused Smartphone
Hardware & Memory
- Chipset: i.MX 8 SoC
- CPU: 64-bit Cortex-A53
- Internal Storage:
- External Storage: microSD
- Rear: Yes
- Video recording: 1080 @ 30fps
- Front-facing: Yes
- Music Support: MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- Video Support: MP4/MPEG4/H.263/H.264 player
- FM Radio: Yes
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
- Bluetooth: v4.2
- GPS: Yes
- USB: microUSB
- Messaging: SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
- Document viewer
- Photo/video editor
- Battery Type and Capacity:
Announcement & Availability
- Announced: January 2, 2018
- Availability: January 2019
- Launched Price: $599 USD
Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct.