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This Linux smartphone is now shipping for $150

Shipping at only $149, Brave Heart is a fully open-source smartphone running Linux.  

Pine64’s open source PinePhone runs Linux and is designed for developers and early-adopters.

Computer and developer-board maker Pine64 has started shipping the first edition of its much-anticipated – at least in the open-source community – PinePhone, after pre-orders sold out. Dubbed “Brave Heart”, the device is indeed designed only for the keener hobbyists.

Shipping at only $149.99, Brave Heart is a fully open-source smartphone running Linux, which the company claims was developed “with the community for the community”, which means with developers and early adopters, and for developers and early adopters; and in this case, preferably for those who have extensive Linux experience.

In a departure from Android and iOS, Pine’s new project provides a platform for customers to develop Linux-on-phone projects. It does not come with a pre-installed OS, but supports all major Linux phone projects such as Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish OS and Plasma Mobile.

Although buyers get to choose their OS, it will be up to them to upload the platform to the Pine Phone – meaning the device is not designed for the average Joe.

“The “BraveHeart” Edition PinePhone does not come with default OS build installed, user needs to install their own favorite build. Most of the OS builds are still in beta stage,” it notes: “Only intend for these units to find their way into the hands of users with extensive Linux experience and an interest in Linux-on-phone.”

The company has been selling single-board computers and notebook computers, initially to compete with Raspberry Pi, since 2016. The devices are designed for developers who are interested in free and open-source software (FOSS) to work on applications. “Regardless of if you want to sequence DNA, build a robot or kill space invaders, we’ve got you covered,” says Pine64 on its website.

Powered by the same signature quad-core ARM64 found in Pine’s A64 single-board computers, the new phone’s specs are promising. Brave Heart has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front one. There is also a headphone jack, a USB-C port and a Micro-SD slot.

Keeping in line with the company’s objectives, Pine64 also includes strong privacy settings in the new device. Under the removable back, for example, are six dip switches that let users kill the modem, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, microphone and cameras. 

The device sets itself against Purism’s Librem 5 smartphone, which started shipping last year albeit at the much higher price of $749. Contrary to Pine64’s technology, Librem 5 comes with Pure OS and Ubuntu Touch; but it includes similar security features such as hardware kill switches for the camera, mic, WiFi, Bluetooth and modem.

Pine64 has called the Brave Heart device a “milestone” for the company and the phone has certainly generated a lot of enthusiasm among developers. Although the early version of the Pine Phone is only shipping to the select few, the company says a consumer-ready version will be available from Spring 2020.

The manufacturer is also working on an open-source Linux tablet with a detachable keyboard, as well as on a smartwatch, so watch this space for more.

from: https://www.zdnet.com/article/this-linux-smartphone-is-now-shipping-for-150/

 

https://www.pine64.org/pinephone/

 

PINEPHONE – “BraveHeart” Limited Edition Linux SmartPhone for early adopters

$149.99

**********************  Disclaimer ***********************

  • The “BraveHeart” Limited Edition PinePhones are aimed solely for developer and early adopter. More specifically, only intend for these units to find their way into the hands of users with extensive Linux experience and an interest in Linux-on-phone.
  • The “BraveHeart” Edition PinePhone does not come with default OS build installed, user needs to install their owns favorite build. Most of the OS builds are still in beta stage.
  • Estimate dispatch in mid January 2020

BODY:

  • Dimensions: 160.5mm x 76.6mm x 9.2mm
  • Weight: 185 grams
  • Build: Plastic
  • Colour: Black
  • SIM: Micro-SIM

DISPLAY:

  • Type: HD IPS capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 5.95 inches
  • Resolution: 1440×720 pixels, 18:9 ratio

PLATFORM:

  • OS: Various open source mainline Linux or BSD mobile OSes
  • Chipset: Allwinner A64
  • CPU: 64-bit Quad-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A-53
  • GPU: MALI-400

MEMORY:

  • Internal Flash Memory: 16GB eMMC
  • System Memory: 2GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
  • Expansion: micro SD Card support SDHC and SDXC, up to 2TB

CAMERA:

  • Main Camera: Single 5MP, 1/4″, LED Flash
  • Selfie Camera: Single 2MP, f/2.8, 1/5″
  • SOUND:
  • Loudspeaker: Yes, mono
  • 3.5mm jack with mic: Yes, stereo

COMMUNICATION:

  • 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
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, single-band, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 4.0, A2DP
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS

FEATURES:

  • USB: type C (SlimPort), USB Host, DisplayPort Alternate Mode output
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, ambient light, magnetometer(compass)
  • Actuator: Vibrator
  • Privacy Switches: LTE (include GPS), Wifi/BT, Mic, and Camera

BATTERY:

  • Removable Li-Po 2750-3000 mAh battery
  • Charging: USB type-C, 15W – 5V 3A Quick Charge, follows USB PD specification

PACKAGE:

  • PinePhone
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable

Warranty: 30 days

Note:
  • The “BraveHeart” Limited Edition PinePhones are aimed solely for developer and early adopter. More specifically, only intend for these units to find their way into the hands of users with extensive Linux experience and an interest in Linux-on-phone.
  • Due to Lithium-ion battery in PinePhone, the shipment of PinePhone orders will be handled differently from other Pine64 products, that’s the reason we didn’t allow to combined PinePhone order with other Pine64 products. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
  • Small numbers (1-3) of stuck or dead pixels are a characteristic of LCD screens. These are normal and should not be considered a defect.
  • When fulfilling the purchase, please bear in mind that we are offering the PinePhone at this price as a community service to PINE64, Linux and BSD communities. If you think that a minor dissatisfaction, such as a dead pixel, will prompt you to file a PayPal dispute then please do not purchase the PinePhone. Thank you.

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from: https://store.pine64.org/?product=pinephone-braveheart-limited-edition-linux-smartphone-for-early-adaptor

 

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