I know, it’s a bit early, but speculating (and collecting ideas) is fun
So, Librem v2 (Fir) is scheduled for Q4 2020.
All we know is that it most likely has a shrinked version of the i.MX8M (and not the mini).
This means the PCB has to be slightly adapted to match the shrinked contacts.
And maybe that’s really all they’ll do.
I’m almost certain the case (and display) will basically stay the same, not only because Purism is not about “fashion” cycles, but also considering that apparently it takes ~6 months to create a molded case for mass production. It seems unlikely that they would then use it for just one batch.
The most obvious / likely additional change would be a bit more RAM / storage.
This would also make the announcement more newsworthy.
Another (somewhat reasonable) possibility would be a dual-SIM variant (possibly without SD slot, due to constraints).
Other additions like NFC or IR seem less likely for a v2 model.
Continuing to sell v1 at a reduced price, this could result in a nice lineup:
|Librem 5 v1||i.MX8M Quad 28nm||3GB / 32GB / SD||$499 (entry level)|
|Librem 5 v2||i.MX8M Quad 14nm||4GB / 64GB / SD||$699 (regular)|
|Librem 5 v2 duo||i.MX8M Quad 14nm||8GB / 128GB / dual-SIM||$799 (pro)|
This would allow them to offer a model for the more price-conscious, without compromising on the ability to regain investments.
No matter how they’ll end up doing it, I’m really happy they already have a version 2 in the pipeline.
It basically means, it doesn’t matter too much what the press will write in the next 6 months (which I was a bit concerned about).
By the time the v2 will be in the press, there will be more / better software and improved battery life (v1+v2), and the v2 launch should be much smoother. Maybe even with a EU location?
Can’t wait to see this happen