The first shipments of the PinePhone have already begun



For several months now,Here on the blog the PinePhone has been monitored, which is un cheap Linux based smartphone and that is built around one of Pine64's creations, They will take the base of the Pine A64 single board computer to start the process of designing, manufacturing and building the PinePhone. Pine64 is the manufacturer and retailer behind Pinebook, a low-cost Linux-based laptop.

As such, creating a smartphone is not relevant, although the main feature is that it runs Linux as the main system (In the same way, something not so striking for the market) but the interesting thing about the PinePhone bet and that it gives it value, is that it allows users to choose their operating system as the user would do on a PC.

With the announcement of the creation and start of the manufacture of the equipment, a campaign was launched to pre-order the product (With which Pine64 had a greater capital for investment and ensured the sale of the first equipment).

First batch of PinePhone released

During the span of the past year, Pine64 was giving news about the development and manufacturing as well as novelties and innovations designed for the final product, which now after several months the delivery process started from the first batch of the PinePhone.

And is that through a post on his blog he announced the start of deliveryTo all interested parties of the first batch of the Limited PinePhone (Braveheart Edition) batch which is already out of stock.

The announcement shares the following:

Welcome to 2020. I hope this is a productive year of exponential growth for our community. It was a very busy start to the year and I hope the pace continues to be high with the Pinebook Pro and PinePhone Braveheart edition shipments as well as announcements from FOSDEM.

Though, for those interested in being able to acquire a piece should not be discouraged, for Pine64 announced that the beginning of widespread mass production is scheduled for March (practically in a few weeks).

As originally stated, the cost of a smartphone is $ 150 And the device is designed for enthusiasts who are tired of Android and want to get a fully controlled and protected environment based on open alternative Linux platforms.

On the hardware side, is designed to use replaceable components: Most of the modules are not soldered, but are connected via detachable loops, which allows, for example, if you want to replace the default camera with a better quality one.

The equipment is disconnectable by hardware, in the components with LTE / GNSS, WiFi, microphone and speakers. In addition, it is presumed that the complete disassembly of the phone can be done in 5 minutes.

As for the interesting part of the product, the images of boot based on the following operating systems:

  • Postmarket OS being developed with KDE Plasma Mobile
  • Ubuntu Touch which is maintained by UBPorts,
  • Maemo Leste
  • Manjaro
  • Moons
  • Nemo mobile
  • The Sailfish Partially Open Platform

On the other hand, work is currently underway to prepare a boot image with NixOS.

Default, the postmarketOS environment is pre-installed to test the main subsystems. The software environment can be downloaded directly from the SD card without the need for flashing.

Finally of the part of the final confirmed components officially the device is built in:

  • ARM Allwinner A64 Quad Core SoC with Mali 400 MP2 GPU
  • equipped with 2 GB of RAM
  • a 5,95-inch screen (1440 × 720 IPS)
  • Micro SD (with support for booting from an SD card)
  • 16 GB internal eMMC
  • USB-C port with USB Host and a combo video output for connecting a monitor
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 / b / g / n connectivity
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (A2DP)
  • GPS, GPS-A
  • two cameras 2 and 5Mpx
  • a 3000mAh battery

If you want to know more about it, you can consult the following link. 

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