Preparing for Framework Laptop Pre-orders

We’re excited to share that the final batch of pre-production Framework Laptop development units just came off of our manufacturing line in Taiwan! We feel great about the refinements and tweaks we’ve made to simplify upgrades and repairs and optimize performance. If you want to hear more about these, we share technical and design details each week on the Framework blog. With this milestone complete, we’re gearing up into mass production. This means we’ll be announcing pricing and ship dates and opening pre-orders soon. To get ready for this, you can create a Framework Marketplace account ahead of time to let you speed through pre-ordering as soon as we open it. You can also use the same account to participate in the community forums.

You may have seen news reports over the last few months about supply chain constraints causing production pauses on everything from trucks to boba tea. We have an incredibly capable set of manufacturing partners and a tireless supply chain team who anticipated a crunch, but we’re unfortunately not immune to shortages. Out of the hundreds of individual parts in the Framework Laptop, there is just one chip for which we have not been able to get the level of consistent supply we’d like. We’ll still be launching on schedule, but the quantity of systems we can manufacture over the first few months will be limited by that chip.

To manage this constraint, we’ll be using a batch system on pre-orders, with the shipping date for each batch shown at pre-order time. As each batch sells through, we’ll automatically open pre-orders on the next batch. The best way to be first in line to get your Framework Laptop is to create your account and be ready for orders opening. We’ll be sharing more detail on pre-order timing on our social feeds and in the community forums, and the next email we send out to you on this mailing list will be at the moment pre-orders open!

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Is there going to be an availability difference between DIY orders vs pre-configured?

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Hi @CFG9000, the batches are mixed between DIY Edition and the prebuilt Framework Laptop. There shouldn’t be a significant difference in shipping time or availability between the two.

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This is amazing! Can’t wait to order one, hopefully they will be shipped to Germany soon…
By the way, the new designed website looks great!

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Very exciting news! I think the batch concept is a really good way to work around supply chain issues.

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I’ll schedule my account balance accordingly :slightly_smiling_face:

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Looking forward to make the order!

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I’m excited!!

I love this batch and queue system, I wish more companies did this for constrained supply!

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Great idea, and thanks for being open about the issues you’re facing!

So excited!

I assume if you have an account here on the community platform that means you are registered for the pre-order process/marketplace as well? Or are they separate accounts?

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Hey @Nathaniel,
Correct, no need to make two accounts!

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Will you ship from Taiwan? I am Taiwanese and I look forward to receiving the laptop sooner

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Thanks for the update, and the new part of the website looks awesome!:grin:

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I know pricing hasn’t been released yet or anything, but, will the DIY version kitted out with the same specs as the pre-built version have a slight price difference?

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@FaultedBeing I read elsewhere that it will be cheaper if you order it without an OS (no Windows license), but apart from that no promises have been made.

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If you order without an OS you’ll never know what’s in the software bundle

@Trevor_Touchdown which software bundle is this again? I haven’t heard anything and I was planning on ordering the DIY version.

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I don’t know because I don’t have it yet. I’m hoping for a free trial of winzip

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We don’t pre-load software, actually! This is a deliberate choice, since the out-of-the-box Windows 10 clean install is pretty good, and we won’t want to compromise that by preloading stuff that people may or may not want like other brands do (and usually get paid for).

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Winamp is all I need for a software bundle.

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