Although Android currently powers most of the smartphones in the market at present, Purism launched an interesting crowdfunding campaign with a goal of $1.5 million to develop a Linux phone. As the crowdfunding campaign has raised more than two thirds of the goal so far, it seems that Purism Librem 5 smartphone might be coming after all. And recent rumors suggested that if the smartphone does see the light of the day, it will feature NXP i.mx8 processor.
The recent rumors stated after Purism’s founder Todd Weaver recent revealed that the company is testing hardware based on NXp i.MX6 processor. The choice of processor is definitely interesting considering NXP chips aren’t really the most powerful ARM-based processors around. However, the chips support the Vivante graphics technology used in the chips. Moreover, NXP currently has vast documentations covering a wide area meaning it’s one of the most attractive option for open source developers.
Although Todd Weaver said that the company is working with the MX6 processors, if the smartphone ships, then it will most likely feature much newer i.MX8 processor which is a 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor. However, the team will need to raise little over $400,000 to make the project fully funded. With less than three weeks to go until the campaign ends, it will be interesting to see if the company manages to meet its funding goal. Regardless of funding, the phone will not be shipping until 2019 which indicate that Purism is pretty serious about expanding its business from Linux based laptops to phones offering higher level of privacy. If the company indeed releases the phone, it will be worthwhile to see how it captures the market given that iOS and Android will grow even stronger in the coming years and as of now, most average users aren’t particularly concerned with their privacy.
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