The company categorically states that this phone is meant only for developers. “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,” it said. The device doesn’t come with any pre-installed operating system and you are required to install your own Linux build.
Priced at $150 or around Rs 11,000, if you are a Linux enthusiast and someone who likes to tinker around your own projects then this phone might interest you.
The smartphone offers a 5.95-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1440×720 pixels and 18:9 aspect ratio. The device is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Allwinner A64 ARM Cortex A-53 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There is support for microSD cards of up to 2TB. On the camera front, there is a 5MP shooter at the back with LED Flash and a 2MP selfie camera. The device is backed by a 3,000mAh battery with USB Type-C charging at 15W.
The device may sound underpowered. However, the company clarifies that this device should be seens as a community service to Pine64, Linux and BSD communities. “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,” clarifies the firm.
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