We've been covering the Purism Librem 5 since early this month, when we found out that they had surpassed the $1 million dollar mark in their crowdfunding campaign to create a Linux-based privacy-focused smartphone. It only took them another 4 days to hit their $1.5 million crowdfunding goal, and now their campaign has drawn to a close, with them raking in a total of $2.1 million USD in crowdfunding; quite the momentous achievement.
This total is made all the more impressive by the sheer number of naysayers and critics that have appeared since the launch of this campaign, claiming there is no demand for a Linux-based smartphone in the current iOS-Android duopoly. Seeing as this device has been funded over 140% in the space of just 2 months, it's safe to say that said critics can, as the saying goes, suck it.
The device's OS is based off of Debian and will allow for users to run standard Android applications, as well as installing any other compatible Linux distribution of their choice. It will feature hardware kill-switches for the majority of its radios, components, and sensors as well as being fully IP native and focusing on encryption and security in a similar fashion to the Blackphone. You can take a look at the full list of features below:
A list of the phone's features includes:
Can run most GNU/Linux distributions
Security focused by design
Privacy protection by default
Works with 2G/3G/4G, GSM, UMTS, and LTE networks
CPU separate from Baseband
Hardware Kill Switches for Camera, Microphone, WiFi/Bluetooth, and Baseband
What do you guys think? Does this phone have a chance of shaking up the market? Let us know in the comments, or post over in the forums with your thoughts.