Hi there fans of the Librem 5!
I just saw the latest sales campaign on LinkedIn. It’s intriguing, tbh.
Any Plans For The Next-Gen Phone?
As someone truly hoping for a better future, I’m just wondering what the plans are for “the next model” before I buy this one. My point is, I’m happy to take advantage of a coupon but I’d rather pay (and wait) a bit more than find out that there’s a new model coming out after Christmas having dual-SIM and 8 GiB of RAM (or something similar). I’d prefer to make a long(er)-lasting investment.
Dual-SIM or e-SIM?
Not sure if this has been asked before in this forum: Can we take advantage of e-SIM or is this a tracking feature of Big Tech and its industry not available to Purism? – I need to use two carriers on a daily basis (Italy and Switzerland) and I’d rather switch to the Librem 5 entirely than having to carry around a surveillance device for my second phone number.
I’m aware that the Liberty Phone has 4 GiB of RAM. I’m still not sure how good of an option this is given that GNOME (GNOME shell, specifically) seems memory-hungry from time to time. I’d be more in a peace of mind knowing I could upgrade to larger RAM easily, when needed.
This is a risk with any product from any company. There’s always newer things coming eventually, whether from that company or a competing company or a new company. Delaying decision making based on this only increases the probability it will happen.
Also Purism has stopped announcing timelines for new products so there’s no way to know a timeline of upcoming products/revisions, which is probably for the best given how notoriously inaccurate they’ve been in the past with regard to timelines.
I saw one person comment on a desire for replacement mainboards with increased CPU/RAM since those are soldered to the board. Beyond that theres no feasible memory upgrade path. If this ever happens it would be similar to how framework does mainboard upgrades.
As the previous reply points out, this is inevitable and unknowable with all technology. But Christmas might not mean Christmas this year.
We are just humble customers, with no inside knowledge, so we can only offer speculation.
My speculation is that none of the following will be available any time soon: dual SIM, e-SIM, 8 GB of RAM.
From a surveillance point of view, e-SIM is not worse than SIM. From a user control point of view e-SIM is worse. (I like the fact that I can quickly and easily move a SIM from one of my phones to another - and back again - instead of having to go cap in hand and ask a provider to remote provision an e-SIM.)
In terms of “dual SIM”, it might be that Purism never offers “dual physical SIM” and hence if going “dual SIM” at all, they might go: 1 x physical SIM + 1 x e-SIM (or of course they could go 2 x e-SIM).