The Purism company is not releasing its previously announced Linux smartphone, named Librem 5, in April, but instead in the third quarter. It is not the first time that Purism has to deal with a delay.
The delay was not announced by Purism in a big way, but can be read in one of the blog posts that the company has put online. In a post about showing the smartphone during a corporate event, it is stated that the Librem 5 will only be available in the third quarter. A more precise release date is not mentioned.
As a result, another delay seems to be a fact, since Purism had previously indicated that it wanted to release the Librem 5 this month. The cause of the delay is unknown, since nothing is mentioned in the blog post. It is therefore not the first time that the release is being delayed; the release was originally planned for January.
The Librem 5 was funded in 2017 with 1.5 million euros through crowdfunding. The smartphone runs on PureOS, but can also run other Linux distributions. The i.MX 8-soc from NXP is used as the processor.
Update, Monday 10:15 am : Purism appears to have already announced the delay on February 21. In a blog post, the company writes that it must postpone the delivery date because a different processor was looked at and had to be benchmarked. Ultimately, Purism stays with the i.MX 8-soc, because new software solves the earlier energy consumption and heat problems.
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