The PinePhone Pro, promoted as the “fastest mainline Linux smartphone on the market,” is now available for presale.
The PinePhone Pro, the successor to the first PinePhone from 2019, is aimed to address a market need for a Linux-based smartphone with the raw capability to compete with iOS and Android options.
The gadget is also distinguished by its detachable backplate, which conceals a changeable battery, SD card slot, and privacy switches that allow the user to disable the cameras, microphone, and Wi-Fi, among other features.
PinePhone Pro Price
For a limited time, the PinePhone Pro is available for preorder at a low price of $399, after which it will cost $599.
PinePhone Pro Specifications
Pine64 made every effort while designing the PinePhone Pro to provide a smartphone that performs at least as good as Android and iOS smartphones.
The biggest problem is that market-leading processors from Qualcomm and Samsung aren’t available since neither company is ready to publish open drivers.
The PinePhone Pro is instead powered by a Rockchip RK3399 system-on-chip with two Cortex A72 and four Cortex A53 CPUs. While the process technology used to build the SoC is unclear, the performance is believed to be equal to a mid-tier Qualcomm processor from a few years ago, according to Ars Technica.
The PinePhone Pro has 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 128GB storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery that can be charged through 15W USB-C. It also sports a 13MP primary camera and an 8MP selfie camera, as well as a 6-inch IPS display with a 1440x720px resolution.
A set of pogo pins is placed behind the backplate and can be used to personalise the device. PinePhone Pro customers, for instance, may get a backplate with a built-in fingerprint sensor for an extra $25.
Although the PinePhone Pro certainly outperforms its predecessor, the Linux smartphone business is still in its infancy, and the user experience is far from perfect, as Pine64 openly admits.