For additional help on the PinePhone, check out the device’s troubleshooting page.
The PinePhone is a smartphone by PINE64, a Hong Kong-based computer manufacturer, which designs and sells only the hardware of its products (they do not provide software). The device is designed to run mainline Linux, with the drivers and software written by PINE64’s large community of open-source developers. The first edition of the device was named “Braveheart”, intended only for developers and experienced Linux enthusiasts, with pre-orders open on November 15, 2019.
Later versions would be known as “community editions”, which donated a small portion of the proceeds to the associated project with each device edition and included small hardware revisions that fixed common issues. The latest edition of the base model PinePhone is now referred to as the “Beta Edition”.
In October 2021, PINE64 announced the PinePhone Pro, which has since gone on sale in their store as the “Explorer Edition”, and is designed much like Braveheart to only be for experienced Linux enthusiasts and developers, as it needs further hardware enablement before it can be used by a broader audience. Developer units went on sale in the same month, with fulfillment being completed by the end of December. Explorer Edition units received a small addition from the factory that allows the reset pin to be used to bypass the eMMC boot order of the Pro, something that the developer units lacked and which meant that those units required the device to be opened to complete the recovery process.
The Pine64 PinePhone has a smooth black plastic back case. There is an embossed white pine cone between the camera lens and flash on the top back left-hand side of the device.
Once the back cover is removed, you will see six kill switches that toggle the enable pins of the hardware such as the modem and wifi chipset, and rear pogo pins (under the back cover) which can interface with wireless charging, LoRa, or Keyboard add on sold by PINE64. The back cover is removed by tabs in the corner of the device which are designed for pulling it off using your fingernails. A USB charging port is located at the bottom center of the phone.
CPU: Allwinner A64 ARM Cortex-A53 (64bit quad-core + 1.2GHz)
Storage: 16GB or 32GB (internal storage up to 2TB)
- Size: 5.95 inches (151mm) diagonal
- Type: HD IPS capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Resolution: 1440x720, 18:9 ratio
Ports and Connectivity:
- USB Type-C
- 3.5 mm headphone jack
- Bluetooth: 4.0, A2DP
- Single Micro-SIM slot
- Single Micro-SD slot
- Quick Charge 15w Support
Battery: 3000mAh battery
- 5 megapixel
- 1/4 inch
- LED flash
- 2 megapixel
- 1/5 inch
- f/2.8 aperture
Dimensions: 160.5 x 76.6 x 9.2mm