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It's not the first attempt at a proper Linux-powered smartphone (anyone remember Ubuntu Edge?) nor is it likely to be the last, but in this current duopoly of Android and iOS the Librem 5 is at least worth a mention.

The device was first announced by San Francisco-based "social purpose corporation" Purism back in 2017. Since its successful crowdfunding campaign the project has been slowed down by numerous delays, but as of this week the final specs for the device have been locked in:

5.7 inch IPS TFT screen @ 720 x 1400 pixels
1.5 GHz i.MX8M quad-core processor
13 MP rear camera with LED flash / 8 MP selfie cam
3 GB RAM / 32 GB eMMC storage + microSD
Gemalto PLS8 3G/4G modem
3.5 mm headphone jack
3,500 mAh user-replaceable battery
Availability: Q3 2019
Price: $649 USD until July 31st; $699 from August 1st

Unfortunately that's a lot of money for not a lot of phone—especially when you can flash Lineage OS on to select Android devices and get much of the same software freedoms. I'll keep an eye out for reviews when the Librem 5 actually ships.

Source: Purism via OMG! Ubuntu