update: 2022: ah oh: Pine community in Pain? https://blog.brixit.nl/why-i-left-pine64/

  • “In February 2021, PINE64 announced the end of the community editions. At this moment, PINE64’s focus shifted from supporting a diverse ecosystem of distributions and software projects around the PinePhone to just supporting Manjaro Linux alone.”
  • “The fact that a useful software ecosystem for the PinePhone exists at all is thanks to the diverse strategy employed by PINE64 in supporting many distributions working together on each of the many facets of the software required.”
  • “Much of the original hardware bring-up was done by Ubuntu Touch”
    • “Mobian developers built the telephony stack via their eg25-manager project.”
    • “And in my role for the postmarketOS distribution, I developed the camera stack.”
  • “Manjaro Linux has been largely absent from these efforts.”
  • “The people working on many of the Linux distributions represented in the community editions tend to work not just on packaging software, but on building software as well.”
  • “This is not the case for Manjaro, which focuses almost entirely on packaging existing software.”
  • “Supporting Manjaro has historically done very little to facilitate the development of the software stack which is necessary for these devices to work.”

#noice! 😎👍✌️☕

release date?

release date: still unkown (run a search)

(checkout what pine hardware is in stock and what not)


(once it becomes available) will have:


Device Specifications

System on Chip (SoC)


  • ARM Mali T860 4x core GPU @ 500MHz


  • 4GB LPDDR4 @ 800MHz


  • 128GB eMMC flash storage
  • Optional micro SD card (SDXC up-to 2TB)

LCD panel

  • 6″ 1440 x 720 in-cell IPS with Gorilla Glass 4™ 


Modem & GPS

WiFi & Bluetooth


  • Micro SD slot
  • Pogo-pins (OG PinePhone compatible)
  • USB-C- power, data (USB 3.0), and DP alt-mode video out


  • Accelerator
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
  • Compass
  • Ambient light

Privacy hardware switches

  • Cameras
  • Microphone
  • WiFi and Bluetooth
  • LTE modem (including GPS)
  • Headphones (to enable UART output)

External buttons

  • Volume up / down rocker
  • Power ON/ OFF

Audio Out

  • Headset speaker
  • Audio jack
  • Loud Speaker


  • Flash / Torch
  • Vibration motor
  • Status LED
  • UART via audio jack


  • Samsung J7 form-factor 3000mAh


  • 5V 3A (15W) Quick Charge – USB Power Delivery specification


  • 160.8 x 76.6 x 11.1mm


  • Approx. 215g


  • $399 (not inc. shipping & import tax)

src: the very official https://www.pine64.org/pinephonepro/ (at 2021-12)


update: 2021-01 “the best (most privacy & security & usability) Smart Phone solution” is yet to be found (PinePhone (yet untested) comes close) and it would be like:

  • runs standard unmodified GNU Linux kernel
  • 100% open source drivers
  • comes with a firewall that only allows absolutely necessary traffic and asks users of any app / program that wants to send in and out data

the PinePhone comes close 🙂

  • running native GNU Linux compiled for ARM is a good thing
  • very much looking forward for that thing
  • hope it can be used as a daily driver! 😀






security crazyness:

beware of the snake: game for PinePhone contained “malware” that aimed at deleting (shred) all fiels:

“the community-developed open-source firmware for the Quectel cellular modem is immune to the bug being exploited and is overall more fully-featured, but Pine64 is required to ship the exploitable proprietary firmware by default for regulatory compliance reasons”


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