Pine64 introduced PinePhone KDE Community Edition smartphone for $149
Pine64, a company specializing in the production of gadgets running Linux, has expanded the range of branded devices with a new smartphone called PinePhone KDE Community Edition. In addition to the corresponding desktop environment, the gadget is interesting for its ability to disable wireless modules in hardware to increase privacy, as well as for its affordable price even in an extended configuration.
The original smartphone is built on the basis of the Allwinner A64 (ARM Cortex A-53) quad-core processor with a clock frequency of 1.2 GHz and a Mali 400 MP2 graphics accelerator. The gadget is presented in two memory configurations: 2/16 GB and 3/32 GB - the older version also comes with a docking station with two USB Type-C sockets, an HDMI connector, and an Ethernet port. With this accessory, you can connect a mouse and keyboard to your smartphone, as well as display an image on an external display.
PinePhone KDE Community edition is equipped with a 5.95-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 1440x720 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18: 9. The set of wireless interfaces of the device includes Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n, Bluetooth 4, GPS and GLONASS modules, as well as a 4G modem. The resolution of the single main camera of the gadget is 5 Mp, the front sensor is 2 Mp.
In addition to the USB Type-C port, 3.5 mm audio jack, and microSD card slot, hardware switches are located on the body of the smartphone under the back cover that allows you to deactivate the microphone, cameras, modem, and other wireless modules.
The price of the PinePhone KDE Community edition is $149 for the 2/16 GB version, the manufacturer estimated the 3/32 GB version with a docking station at $199. The date of the start of sales of new items will be announced later.