Aside from Google’s Pixel phones, Framework laptops are another product we all like to have but are not officially available in the Philippines. The appeal of Framework’s laptops is their repairability and modular design that allows for upgrades. Lenovo sees this as an opportunity: it boldly promises that around 4 to 5 of its laptops, or 80%, will be user-repairable by 2025.
Lenovo Vice President Luca Rossi made this promise at the 2023 Canalys EMEA Forum as they want to reduce their environmental impact. To make this possible, Rossi said that parts like SSDs and batteries should be easy to replace so that users can make the most out of their laptops.
“More than 80 percent of our devices will be able to be repaired at the customer, by the customer or by the channel and we are enabling this with a design for serviceability kind of approach,” Rossi adds.
While Lenovo’s repairability promise is far from Framework’s upgradeable approach to the event of users being able to swap motherboards, it’s a step in the right direction for consumer devices.
Lenovo walks the talk with its promise too: a good example of this is the 2022 ThinkPad T14 Gen 3, which earned a respectable 7/10 repairability score iFixit. Framework still beats the ThinkPad in terms of repairability with its soldered memory and I/O ports–something that Lenovo might address by 2025 to fulfill its promise of repairable laptops.