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Появились прототипы телефонов PinePhone для Linux
Создатели платформы смартфонов на базе Linux заявили о своей готовности передать устройство - PinePhone - разработчикам программного обеспечения. Продажи устройства могут начаться в следующем году. Однокристальная система Allwinner64 послужит аппаратной основой для смартфона. Поддерживает 2 ГБ оперативной памяти и 16 ГБ расширяемой внутренней памяти. Это явно слабые стороны. Но цель разработчиков PINE64 - создать, прежде всего, защищенное устройство. Также известно, что они создают планшет на одной платформе. Готовые устройства в любом случае первыми получат разработчики Linux. Команда PINE64 гарантирует, что смартфон будет готов в 2020 году. Ориентировочная стоимость 150 долларов США.

PINE64 PinePhone
Chipset/SoC AllWinner A64
CPU Quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.2GHz
Mali-400 MP2
5.95" 18:9 HD (1440x720) IPS LCD
16GB-64GB eMMC + SD card
3G/4G LTE modem
Other connectivity
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n single band, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0
5Mp main, 2Mp front
USB Type-C (2.0 host, charging, video out), audio jack
Gyro, accel., compass, light, proximity
3000mAh (Galaxy J7 form factor) with 3A quick charging
Privacy switches LTE+GPS, WiFi+BT, cameras
Primary OS postmarketOS + Plasma Mobile
Price $150

PinePhone Linux phone prototypes to ship to developers this month

It seems that the dreams of an open source Linux phone are starting to pick up steam again. Purism has just announced its batched schedule of Librem 5 shipments and now the folks over at PINE64 also have some good news for Linux fans. Although a final product is far from ready, prototypes will be shipped to a limited number of Linux developers soon, not only proving that the PinePhone does exist but also to get the ball rolling towards a 2020 full product launch.

PINE64’s claim to fame was its open source-friendly Allwinner-based single board computers (SBC) that came at the height of the Raspberry Pi’s popularity. It has since then expanded to putting those boards and their experience inside more finished products, like the Pinebook ARM-based laptops. As the team’s Lukasz Erecinski narrates, the decision to add a smartphone to that list wasn’t an easy or quick one but it was the most logical next step (a tablet is in the works now as well).

But not even a year after that decision was made, the team has already started making making prototypes, enough to start pre-orders for them. Not everyone’s invited for now, though. Only experienced Linux developers that could contribute towards actually improving the PinePhone. That said, in October and November, they do plan on having a more open pre-order period, this time for tinkerers and app developers as well.

The design and composition of the boards are all but ready but aren’t set in stone. An Allwinner64 SoC will, of course, be at the heart of it all, with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of expandable storage. Those may sound almost laughable by today’s standards but the phone’s emphasis has always been on providing a private and secure open source Linux phone, not compete with Samsung and Apple. As such, it embraces a multitude of Linux on Phone projects and experiences and isn’t locked down to a single one.

Still, PINE64 will still need the revenue to keep producing PinePhones, which it plans to commercially produce en masse by March 2020. That’s still half a year away and anything can happen in between. Hopefully, just the good things.


Опубликовано 09.09.19

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