When it comes to shopping for a smartphone there are two of the market leaders Apple and Samsung with iOS and Android moreover, rest of the brands are playing with the Android Google OS and very few can be observed with Windows OS. These are limited options for us to look a phone set in the market which certainly has taken the benefit of the privacy leaks and does make money against the user consent by fetching data and tracking personal activities like location etc. Hence to overcome such issue and mounting the ethical boundaries by securing the user privacy, Purism is a company roped in to bring a smartphone with the measures of privacy protection to permit end-to-end encrypted decentralized communication in UAE and globally. Purism is already into the market with its high-end Linux laptop and tablets focused on privacy and free software after that it started a crowdfunding campaign for a smartphone making for which it cooperated with KDE and GNOME to initiate development of Librem 5 the Linux smartphone.
There is a proposed design and display for the Librem 5 as the smartphone is in the manufacturing phase and there could be changes in the final product. The expected screen display is 5-inches touchscreen infused into the basic plain square shape body with the single front and back camera lens. The smartphone is designed on the classic formula look to keep it sober and elegant but in future, it could be more advanced as with the technology and designing aspect as well.
A smartphone which is more like a laptop or workstation would be enhanced with the futuristic specifications including the i.MX6/i.MX8 CPU, Vivante GPU with the separate mobile baseband further it has the own operating system called as PureOS or another Linux distribution of choice. This means you can get to use Ubuntu, SUSE, Fedora and even Arch Linux on your phone. For the security purpose, the CPU is separate from the baseband, whereas it is efficient to run with the 2G/3G/4G, GSM, UMTS, and LTE networks. It would be fuelled up with the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage for the uninterrupted functionality. Additionally, it is also equipped with the basic features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, headphone jack and USB Type-C port so no worries about its distinguish OS as it would be a well competitive smartphone in Dubai.
With all such technical and basic details of the Librem 5 release in UAE the popping up questions yet renders in the mind that how come it is supposed to be dissimilar and divergent than the mainstream smartphones in Dubai, the answer is that Librem 5 is molded in such a way that has built-in privacy protection feature to secure the data from the third parties. This smartphone is non-trackable so none can trace your location. It is the world’s first IP-native mobile handset which permits the end-to-end decentralized communications via Matrix. It is manufactured on the formulation of security-focused and for that, it has designed hardware kill switches for the camera, microphone, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, and Baseband.
This could be not the first Linux smartphone as Ubuntu Phone was already released in the market by Canonical which indirectly influences and create fuss as that phone was not successful so the Purism need a lot of homework and efforts to bring the another Linux phone, for that they are keen and hold up the Librem 5 release due to the bug errors. It is expected that now the Librem 5 in UAE might release in April 2019.
The Librem 5 estimated price is around 400 USD which is 1500 AED. This price tag ranges Librem 5 into the mid-tier smartphones category in UAE.