PinePhone Pro open hardware smartphone starts shipping • The Register

Open source hardware vendor Pine64 has started shipping versions of its upgraded smartphone and new e-ink tablet, but so far only to developers.

Affordable Arm hardware isn’t limited to bare single board computers (SBCs) from, say, the Raspberry Pi Foundation or TI’s BeagleBone.

Hong Kong vendor Pine64 started with the crowd-funded $ 32 A64 SBC, but then began to incorporate this basic design into laptops, smartphones, tablets, and even smartwatches – with open designs supporting multiple operating systems.

The A64 card, with a quad-core 1.2 GHz A64 Arm SoC – Allwinner’s fourth generation after entering the market a decade ago with the A10 – formed the basis of the PineBook in 2017, and then from the PinePhone.

With 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of flash, the original models already looked rather dated when the device began shipping in 2020, despite a later upgrade from “Convergence” with 3 GB of RAM and twice. no more flash.

Now, slowly, the company’s second-generation devices are coming out. The new kit has 4 GB of RAM and a 1.5 GHz Rockchip RK3399 (with two Cortex-A72 efficiency cores and four Cortex-A53 efficiency cores).

The upgraded laptop, the PineBook Pro, appeared briefly last year. With 64 GB of flash memory, optional NVMe and USB 2, 3 and C, it has a respectable specification, which, with ongoing silicon shortages, means that despite a price hike from $ 199 to $ 299, you can’t have a.

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You will also have to wait to get your hands on a PinePhone Pro, unless you are an OS developer. The original PinePhone supports about 20 different Linux variants, to which laptops add NetBSD, OpenBSD, and RISC OS. There is even a pretty keyboard.

Given the levels of interest in user-maintainable phones like Fairphone and disgoogled phone operating systems like / e /, there are plenty of avid hackers lining up in front of you.

The company also offers tablets with cases presumably hand-cut from pure unobtainium, to which it recently added an electronic ink model, the PineNote, which is now being shipped to developers.

Given customer levels dissatisfaction along with the noteworthy e-ink tablets, that too could make geeks’ pulse beat – which you could measure with a The time of the pines, one of its products which is available. Don’t hold your breath. ®

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