StarLite 5 Debuts as 12.5 inches Linux Laptop With 4-Core CPU, 16GB RAM, 2TB SSD

UK technology startup Star Labs has unveiled their latest lightweight Linux laptop, the StarLite 5. Donning an ultra-portable convertible design, the StarLite 5 stands out with its versatile feature set, premium open-source firmware, and extensive modification options for tech enthusiasts.

StarLite 5
StarLite 5

At the heart of the StarLite 5 lies Intel’s new energy-efficient Alder Lake N200 quad-core chip, which can reach turbo clock speeds up to 3.7GHz. Paired with this are 16GB of fast LPDDR5 RAM running at 4800MHz and up to a spacious 2TB PCIe Gen 3 SSD. The M.2 drive delivers quoted sequential read/write speeds of 3370/3030MB/s.

Together, these high-performance components allow for smooth multitasking and quick boot ups even with multiple programs and browser tabs open.

StarLite 5
StarLite 5

The 12.5-inch IPS touch display impresses with its 2K resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio, resulting in a sharp pixel density of 276 ppi. Star Labs says the panel covers 100% of sRGB and 71% of NTSC color gamuts, with a peak brightness of 300 nits.

The patented anodized aluminum lid can bend back nearly 360 degrees to transform the device into a tablet, handy for artists and designers.

Connectivity is handled via Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, a micro HDMI port, dual USB 3.2 Type-C ports with DisplayPort alt mode and Power Delivery 3.0 charging, a microSD slot, and a universal headphone jack. The StarLite 5 also incorporates a couple of cameras – there is a 2K webcam above the screen and another high-res rear shooter.

Despite its diminutive footprint, the StarLite 5 offers solid battery life thanks to the 38Wh cell. Star Labs says users can expect up to 12 hours of mixed usage on a full charge. The laptop ships with a tiny yet powerful 65W GaN USB-C power adapter.

StarLite 5
StarLite 5

However, the most unique aspect of this device is Star Labs’ dedication to open-source firmware. TheStarLite 5 comes preloaded with Coreboot BIOS for quicker boot ups. Owners can also customize low-level settings via the Advanced Configuration interface. Conveniently, future firmware and driver upgrades will be issued directly through LVFS.

As a Linux-focused OEM, Star Labs preinstalls users’ choice of Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or other distros out of the box. The company provides a 1-year limited warranty that allows full customization and tinkering without voiding coverage.

With prices starting from $655.00, the feature-rich and flexible StarLite 5 targets developers, sysadmins, and open-source enthusiasts.

The product link:
The Amazon Store: StarLabsSystems Store

StarLite 5 Specification

Feature Specification
Processor Intel Alder Lake N200 quad-core, 1.0GHz base clock, up to 3.7GHz turbo, 6MB cache, 6W TDP
Storage Up to 2TB PCIe SSD, sequential read/write speed: 3370/3030 MB/s
Display 12.5″ 2K (2880 x 1920) IPS LED backlit touchscreen, 300 nits, 178° wide viewing angles
Graphics Integrated Intel UHD graphics, 750Mhz clock
Battery 38Wh Li-ion polymer, supports up to 12 hrs runtime
Charger 65W USB-C GaN
Wireless Connectivity WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.1
Ports Micro HDMI, dual USB-C (DisplayPort alt mode), MicroSD card reader, headphone jack
Camera 2MP front & rear cam
Other features Backlit keyboard, stereo speakers, TPM
Preloaded OS Linux Ubuntu/Mint/other
Weight 0.9 kg (1.98 lbs)
Dimensions 289 x 203 x 8.9 mm
Starting Price $655.00

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