Vote for desired future Framework form factors

I was wondering if we could have an official vote on which form factors the community wants Framework to make, for instance:
15-16 inch performance laptop with dedicated GPU
12-13 inch 2-in-1
14-15 inch powerful and portable with low power dedicated GPU
Others?

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My vote would be to start with a 2 in 1 touchscreen option. After that, seems like a lot of desire for 15"

i like the idea of it having a dedicated gpu but i don’t like the idea of it being heavier and bulkier and i think that it would mess with the ease of repairability. i think that if the 14 or 15 inch laptop with support for external gpus then that would be the better option.

I’m thinking a chassis size that would fit current model motherboards and a separate daughter card gpu that connects to the motherboard either through the display connector or usb/thunderbolt. The gpu card can double as a passthru for the expansion cards. This way the gpu will be upgradable instead of upgrading the entire motherboard and discrete graphics will have the option for a mux controller to switch between internal gpu or discrete gpu based on application usage. A dedicate port card designed for external display would be a natural bonus which will by pass the need for a mux controller.

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14-15" light dedicated GPU but defo touchscreen as well

Touch screen has been a big request at the moment from the community. In addition, I have several artistic friends with failing Lenovo 2-in-1s all less than a 1-2 years old that would swap to something they can repair themselves with the same or better performance in a heartbeat, as most of their devices have the exact same CPU as the base Framework.

Personally, five years ago I would have loved a dGPU option, but nowadays with the advent of eGPUs and their availability (minus the GPU haha, shortages are hell), it’s just easier to use an eGPU if you’re a student+creator like me who wants to only have one computer, or want your Framework to run mid-to-high-spec games. Sure you miss out on the ‘console gamer getting a laptop for school and wants to try PC gaming’ market because of the enthusiast requirement (researching cards, enclosures, power, cables…), but I’d argue that’s pretty niche and doesn’t really have much overlap with the repair community as a lot of of us are enthusiasts already (side note: I can’t wait to see the sales figures on the percentages of units that were prebuilt vs diy).

a powerfull (CAD / editing) maschine would be amazing, best with a 15-16inch screen and obviously a dedicated GPU that and a Swiss keyboard layout would mean we (as a IT company) could start selling Framework laptops to our clients.

15-16 inch? Why this midle size you make a small size make the maximum size 17inch

I’d like to update this with new info.

Intel’s Arc GPU will be the next big thing in tech, and as Framework has already shown an interest at tapping cutting-edge tech, an Arc dGPU would absolutely be a great addition to the Framework ecosystem. It splits the gap perfectly because of its ability to sync and split tasks with an Intel eGPU! As a (perhaps misguided) fanboy of Intel, this is now my most anticipated mainboard that would come out in the next 5 years or so!