The PineTab2 is an upcoming 10.1-inch Linux tablet based on the 1.8 GHz Rockchip RK3566 quad-core Cortex-A55 processor and equipped with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB eMMC flash.
The new model is a clear step-up compared to the Allwinner A64-based PineTab which did not survive the supply shortage and has also gone through a complete physical redesign with a modular metal chassis that is easy to disassemble for upgrades and change parts such as the eMMC module, camera module, battery, or even the display.
PineTab2 preliminary specifications:
- SoC – SoC – Rockchip RK3566 quad-core Arm Cortex-A55 @ up to 1.8 GHz with ARM Mali-G52 2EE GPU supporting OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.2. OpenCL 2.0. Vulkan 1.1, 0.8 TOPS NPU
- System & Storage
- Option 1 – 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC flash module
- Option 2 – 8GB RAM, 128GB eMMC flash module
- MicroSD card slot
- Display – 10.1-inch IPS display (other details TBC)
- Video output – Micro HDMI port up to 4K @ 60 Hz
- Audio – Speakers and Microphone, 3.5mm audio jack
- Cameras – 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera/webcam
- Connectivity – WiFi and Bluetooth
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 Type-C port, 1x USB 2.0 Type-C port also used for charging
- Expansion – PCIe exposed on board, but reserved to hardware “hackers”
- Misc – Volume rocker and Home button, optional magnetically attached keyboard with backlight
- Battery – 6,000mAh battery in prototype, but it may change at launch
- Power Supply – 5V via USB port
- Dimensions & Weight – TBD
The photo below seems to confirm the M.2 socket found in the original PineTab is gone, at least in the prototype.
If we look at the somewhat blurry image of the PineTab-RK3566 PCB, we’ll notice two footprints for the wireless module because the company is currently testing two different WiFi/Bluetooth modules, and the one fitted to the board is a BES chip (possibly BES2600W), or the same brand as the Bluetooth audio chip used in the PineBuds earbuds.
The announcement also mentions that software development for the RK3566 platform has reached a “high level of maturity with both mainline and BSP Linux supporting nearly all core functionality of the chipset”. That’s basically all the work done in the Quartz64 SBC and SOQuartz system-on-module with the same processor with, for instance, some changes to be upstreamed to Linux 6.2 for GPU, HDMI (including audio), and PCIe, as well as DietPi v8.11 with good support for the Quartz64 board with Linux 6.1-RC1. There was no mention of the PineNote e-Reader, so it could be the project is dead as it could have been a bit too expensive as a tinkering platform.
Pine64 will ship prototypes to developers this month and next, and hopes to start selling the PineTab2 sometime after Chinese New Year (January 21 – 27), but considering they have yet to decide on the exact wireless module, battery, and display to use, I would expect a launch later in Q1 2023 more likely.
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.