PinePhone is an affordable Linux smartphone

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PinePhone Quick Specs: This is a Linux smartphone expected in the market in July 2020. It features a 5.99-inch display, Allwinner A64 chipset, 2 MP selfie camera, 5 MP dual rear camera, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, and a 3000 mAh battery. 

Phone Status: In Development. The PinePhone is a Linux smartphone that is capable of booting up into any one of four available Linux mobile operating systems. For user privacy and security, it also has six (6) hardware killswitches to disable/enable the following features at will: modem, Wifi/Bluetooth, microphone, headphone, front camera, and rear camera. Here are the detailed PinePhone specs, release date and price.

PinePhone Specs and Features

Mobile Wireless Network and Software

  • 2G mobile network bands: GSM, GPRS, EDGE 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz.
  • 3G mobile network bands: UMTS, WCDMA, HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 MHz
  • 4G mobile network bands: LTE B1(2100) / B2(1900) / B3(1800) / B4(1700/2100) / B5(850) / B7(2600) / B8(900) / B12(700) / B13(700) / B18(800) / B19 / B20(800) / B25(1900) / B26(850) / B28(700) / B38(2600) / B39(1900) / B40(2300) / B41(2500)
  • 5G mobile network bands: No.
  • SIM Type: Micro SIM
  • Software / Operating System: Mainline Linux Mobile. PinePhone will automatically boot to any ARM distro from microSD if a bootable card is inserted. Some Linux kernels are available for phones, including: postmarketOS, Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish OS, Maemo Leste, and LuneOS.

Design, Form Factor, Appearance

  • Dimensions: 160.5 x 76.6 x 9.2 mm
  • Weight: 180-200g
  • Display: 5.99 inches, 1440 x 720 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio, IPS LCD screen, hardened glass
  • Colours: Black.
  • Physical Build: Plastic, Matte black finished plastic case.
PonePhone specs concept drawing
PinePhone specs and features

Internal Hardware Specs

  • Processor Type: 64-bit, 1.15 GHz Quad-core, Cortex-A53
  • Processor Name: Allwinner A64
  • Graphics Processor:  ARM Mali 400 MP2‎
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB
  • External Storage: microSD, up to 2TB (dedicated slot)

Photography, Video Recording

  • Rear Camera: 5 MP camera, f2.2 Aperture, LED flash, 720p@30fps video recording
  • Front-facing Camera: 2 MP, f2.0 Aperture, Face Recognition, 720p@30fps video capture.

PinePhone rear camera

Audio, Video Playback

  • Music Support: PCM, AAC / AAC + / eAAC + / MP3 / AMR – NB / WB / APE
  • Audio: 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Loudspeaker: Mono speaker
  • Video Support: H.264/MP4/MPEG4 player
  • FM Radio:

Phone Sensors

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes.
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes.
  • Ambient Light Sensor: Yes.
  • Barometer: No.
  • Pedometer: No.
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No.
  • Gyroscope (G-Sensor): Yes.
  • Fingerprint Scanner: No.
  • Face Unlock: No.
  • Iris Scanner: No.
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: No.
  • Voice Control: No.
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: No.
  • Infra-red Sensor: No.

Connectivity Options

  • Bluetooth: v4.0, A2DP
  • WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
  • GPS: Yes, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS
  • USB: microUSB v2.0; USB-OTG
  • NFC: No.

Miscellaneous Specs and Features

  • Battery Type and Capacity: Lithium-Ion 3000 mAh
  • Battery Charging: 15W Fast Charging + USB Power Delivery
  • Wireless Charging: No.
  • Reverse Charging: No.
  • Model Number: N/A

PinePhone Price and Release Date

  • Announced: February 2019
  • Release Date: July 2020
  • Country Availability: Global Online.
  • Price: $149.99 for the 2GB RAM / 16GB ROM variant, and $199.99 for the 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM variant. Prices include shipping.

PinePhone all sides

MobilityArena Buyer’s Guide Verdict

Not available.

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PinePhone Review Rating

We are yet to review the PinePhone and so do not have a review rating for it yet. This section will be updated with our review rating and a link to the review page, as soon as we have a review ready.

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3 comments

  1. A 2GB RAM and 16GB storage phone for N53,000? 😲 This doesn’t sound good. I like the fact that this phone support Glo 4G band 28(700) but that price isn’t decent enough for such device.

    1. I agree totally. These days a minimum of 4 and preferably 6GB of RAM is required. Even for non-Android or iOS devices. The choice to go with minimal work-horsepower will severely damage the marketing, IMHO.

    2. You both do realize that the Pinephone is basically still an extremely helpful dev platform.

      Also in regards to the Ram amount, 3GB is the max for the Allwinner A64. And something else of note: pine64 uses the Allwinner A64 in a few of its products, so they already have experience with it. If you don’t like it, get a librem 5.

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