PinePhone Pro: Linux smartphone will be shipped from December

With the PinePhone Pro, Pine64 brings a revised version of its Linux smartphone onto the market. The new Pro model stands out from the previous PinePhone with its more powerful hardware. The provider delivers the PinePhone Pro with Manjaro Linux and KDE Plasma Mobile, but users should also be able to install other mobile operating systems. Developers can pre-order the device for $ 400 (excluding shipping and customs).

Pine64 announcesthat the devices are to be delivered in December. The so-called “Explorer Edition”, which is produced in larger numbers, is expected to reach buyers in early 2022. The company plans to open pre-orders to anyone interested in November.

Pine64 installs a six-core SoC from Rockchip that has been adapted for the PinePhone and clocks at 1.5 GHz. The board has 4 GB of LPDDR4 main memory and 128 GB of eMMC flash memory. The 6-inch IPS panel has a resolution of 1440 × 720 pixels. The IMX258 camera sensor from Sony on the back of the smartphone delivers 13 megapixels, the selfie camera 5 megapixels. The battery has a capacity of 3000 mAh.

Smartphone accessories such as the keyboard or the fingerprint sensor, which Pine64 sold for the previous PinePhone models, remain compatible. Individual components such as WLAN or microphone can be deactivated using hardware switches under the battery cover. Users can also use the phone as a mobile desktop using the USB-C dock.

The company writes in the announcement on the Pine64 website that the PinePhone Pro does not offer the same convenience as comparable iOS or Android smartphones due to software restrictions. The target group therefore remains Linux enthusiasts and developers. According to Pine64, the previous PinePhone will remain available and, depending on the version, will be offered for 150 to 200 US dollars (excluding shipping and customs) in the web shop.

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