Pine64 introduced the PinePhone Pro smartphone on Linux OS
The Chinese company Pine64 has released a flagship phone, which is positioned as a completely open platform for any innovations. For this purpose, the PinePhone Pro model was transferred under the control of the Linux operating system, the Manjaro distribution. She also inherited a design from the previous PinePhone, which is easy to upgrade with the help of add-ons on the case.
The new phone is built on a special version of the K3399 processor from Rockchip, with two A72 cores and four A53 CPUs. The graphics are provided by a 4-core Mali T860 chip, the RAM is 4 GB, and there is a 128 GB eMMC drive on board with the possibility of expansion using microSD. The diagonal of the display is 6 inches, the resolution is 1440 x 720 pixels, there is a 5 MP OmniVision selfie camera and a basic Sony IMX258 13 MP with a flashlight. Battery capacity 3000 mAh.
As you can see, the characteristics are far from advanced devices, but the advantage of the PinePhone Pro is that here you can customize not only the software, but also the hardware to your needs. The software is compatible with PureOS, Ubuntu Touch, LuneOS, Sailfish OS and a potentially infinite number of mobile applications that can be created and installed without any restrictions. And the presence of DIP switches allows you to mount memory, microphones, modems, cameras, scanners and other modules at your discretion.
The smartphone is being marketed as an open source device aimed at enthusiasts and those who are tired of the limitations of the Android and iOS ecosystems. Hence the democratic price tag of $399, sales will begin at the end of January.