PinePhone: Smartphone for Linux and Security aficionados and professionals

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Whenever you think of a Smartphone’s Operating System, two major players come into your mind Google’s Android and Apple’s Ios. Some tech enthusiasts among you will also point out to the Windows and BlackberryOS. But let’s agree that WindowsOS wasn’t very successful and Blackberry cant keeps up with the trend.

Also, the point to be noted is among four of the major Mobile Devices OS three are Properiatery with only Android is OpenSource.

From the very beginning of the Smartphone, the hardcore Linux Inventors have always tried to use Linux as an OS for their phones due to various strengths of Linux such as.

advantages of linux

But due to hardware compatibility problems, it was very tough to do so. Cause big manufacturers only make devices keeping Android or Ios in mind.

Even then Linux and security professionals have always created their own Linux powered smartphones using opensource hardware such as Raspberry Pi.

To know more about LINUX or RASPBERRY PI click the respected links.

But Pine64, a hardware vendor famous for its Linux-based Single Board Computers has a perfect solution for this, The Pinephone.

According to them

Its an Open Source Smart Phone Supported by All Major Linux Phone Projects.

Perhaps you’re in a line of work where security is a must, or a hard-core Linux enthusiast, or perhaps you’ve just got enough of Android and iOS and you’re ready for something else – the PinePhone may be the next Phone for you. Powered by the same Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit SOC used in our popular PINE A64 Single Board Computer, the PinePhone runs mainline Linux as well as anything else you’ll get it to run.

The purpose of the PinePhone isn’t only to deliver a functioning Linux phone to end-users, but also to actively create a market for such a device, as well as to support existing and well established Linux-on-Phone projects. All major Linux Phone-oriented projects, as well as other FOSS OS’, are represented on the PinePhone and developers work together on our platform to bring support this this community driven device.

A year ago, PinePhone was made available only to developers and hackers. After getting better responses and suggestions, the Pine64 developers planned to bring Pinephone for everyone.

PinePhone Braveheart Edition is an affordable, open-source Linux-based operating system smartphone preloaded with factory test image running on Linux OS (postmarketOS) on inbuilt storage.

You can check the Specification of Pinephone here
  • Allwinner A64 Quad Core SoC with Mali 400 MP2 GPU
  • 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM
  • 5.95″ LCD 1440×720, 18:9 aspect ratio (hardened glass)
  • Bootable Micro SD
  • 16GB eMMC
  • HD Digital Video Out
  • USB Type C (Power, Data and Video Out)
  • Quectel EG-25G with worldwide bands
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, single-band, hotspot capable
  • Bluetooth: 4.0, A2DP
  • Vibrator
  • RGB status LED
  • Selfie and Main camera (2/5Mpx respectively)
  • Main Camera: Single OV6540, 5MP, 1/4″, LED Flash
  • Selfie Camera: Single GC2035, 2MP, f/2.8, 1/5″
  • Sensors: accelerator, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, ambient light
  • 3 External Switches: up down and power
  • HW switches: LTE/GNSS, WiFi, Microphone, Speaker, Cameras
  • Samsung J7 form-factor 3000mAh battery
  • Case is matte black finished plastic
  • Headphone Jack

Inside the box

PinePhone Linux Smartphone comes with an introductory leaflet in letter form and a high-quality USB-C charger cable, although you can also use your own 5V 15W PD charger for accelerating the charging process.

To safeguard the screen with scratches, it adheres to the polymer screen protector, which you can peel off if you don’t like it as it also features hardened glass. For a better look and feel, the plastic molding and applied coating on the back of the phone have also been refined.

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