After PinePhone “BraveHeart Edition” with any OS pre-installed introduced at the end of last year, Pine64 launched PinePhone “Community Edition: UBports” with Ubuntu Touch last April, and now the company is taking pre-orders for Pinephone “Community Edition: PostmarketOS with Convergence Package”.
Besides using a different operating system, the new PinePhone also got a hardware upgrade with 3GB RAM and 32GB flash instead of the 2GB/16GB configuration from earlier models. Due to the changes and the addition of a USB-C dock for convergence, the price has also gone up from $149.99 to $199.99 with shipping scheduled to start at the end of August. If you don’t need the extra memory, storage, and convergence package, you can still pre-order PinePhone with postmarketOS for $149.99.
- SoC – Allwinner A64 quad-core Cortex-A53 processor @ up to 1.2 GHz with Arm Mali-400MP2 GPU
- System Memory – 3GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
- Storage – 32GB eMMC flash, MicroSD Card (SDHC/SDXC) up to 2TB
- Display – 5.95″ IPS capacitive touchscreen with 1440×720 resolution
- Audio – Mono loudspeaker, 3.5mm stereo audio jack with mic support
- 5MP rear camera with 1/4″ sensor, LED Flash
- 2MP front-facing camera with f/2.8, 1/5″ sensor
- Micro-SIM socket
- Worldwide, Global LTE bands
- LTE-FDD: B1/ B2/ B3/ B4/ B5/ B7/ B8/ B12/ B13/ B18/ B19/ B20/ B25/ B26/ B28
- LTE-TDD: B38/ B39/ B40/ B41
- WCDMA: B1/ B2/ B4/ B5/ B6/ B8/ B19
- GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
- Single-band Wi-Fi 4 802.11 b/g/n with hotspot support
- Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DPprofile
- GNSS – GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- USB – USB Type-C with DisplayPort Alternate Mode support
- Sensors – Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, ambient light, magnetometer(compass)
- Misc – Vibrator; 4x privacy switches: LTE (includes GPS), Wifi/BT, Mic, and Camera
- Battery – Removable 2750-3000 mAh Li-Po battery; fast charging via USB-C using USB PD
- Dimensions – 160.5 x 76.6 x 9.2mm (plastic enclosure)
- Weight – 185 grams
If you own an earlier version of PinePhone and would like to try it out the instructions are available on the Wiki. Using HDMI output from a USB-C dock will be challenging however, as you’d need to modify the PCB since Rev 1.1 and 1.2 version have an issue with the USB-C circuitry. Also remember you’ll have less memory than this limited edition, so you don’t expect too much in the way of multi-tasking.
More details about the new phone and other updates can be found in the latest Pine64 blog post.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.