Google and Framework making an upgradable Chromebook, starting at $999

With pre-orders starting today, Google and Framework are developing a modular Chromebook that can be upgraded with different parts over time and will be available in early December.

The Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition has a huge gear logo on the lid, is grey in colour, and is composed of "quality formed and milled aluminium casing."

It has a somewhat tapered form and is 15.85 mm (.62 in) thick, weighing in at 1.3 kg (2.87 lbs). You can access the internals by removing the 13.5-inch 3:2 display's 1.5mm key-travel keyboard (a screwdriver is provided).

A 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1240P processor with 4+8 CPU cores and 30W continuous performance is available.

It features the Titan C security chip, which is responsible for Verified Boot, just like previous ChromeOS devices.

An open source Embedded Controller firmware and coreboot BIOS are available from Framework.

The Framework Chromebook will receive ChromeOS upgrades for up to eight years, and ChromeOS Alpha users can access Linux using Crostini, download Android apps from Google Play, and utilise Steam.

At this time, Framework "has not disclosed any plans for a revised Mainboard that is compatible with ChromeOS." The Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date of the gadget would theoretically be extended past eight years with such an upgrade.