As of mid 2020, I'm not able to stay on top of PinePhone developments due to other demands on my time, so my periodic updates are more or less stopped for now. For latest accurate info on the hardware, consult the Pine64 wiki, forum, and website, and for latest info on UBPorts on the PinePhone, consult other threads on this site, or Telegram, or the UBPorts website.
postmarketOS community edition
now on preorder for late August, 2020 shipment with motherboard v. 1.2a with the USB fix and in two versions:
[2GB/16GB for $150 + shipping]
[3GB/32GB + a USB dock with 2 x USB-A, digital video out, and 10/100 ethernet for $200 + shipping]
Probable specifications of Phase 3 (the shipping phone) of PinePhone were posted by tllim and lukasz of @PINE64 on the #pinephone IRC channel on 2019-02-21. Subsequent details have come from the Pine64 forum, @thepine64 on Twitter, @PINE64 here on the UBPorts forum, and now the Pine64 wiki entry for Phase 3 of the PinePhone.
I haven't yet gotten the hang of text formatting on this forum so not sure how to add colored text, so I'm putting my annotations in bolded italics.
- Dimensions 160.5mm x 76.6mm x 9.2mm thick
- Weight between 180g and 200g
- Screen type: IPS capacitive, 16M colors
- Screen size: 5.95" 1440x720, 18:9 aspect ratio - At least one screen protector for the Iphone XS Max has been shown to fit this screen
- Screen surface still hardened glass, NOT plastic
- The LCD panel that will soon be delivered on the Phase 2 dev kits is the same as the PinePhone LCD panel but smaller (5.7" vs. 6.0").
- Modem: Quectel EC-25G with worldwide bands
- SIM size: micro
- Quad GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz bands 2, 3, 5, 8
- WCDMA bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19
- LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25*, 26, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41. Per this post by tllim on the Pine64 forum, the modem will be soldered in place in order to keep the phone thin. *probable, per the Wiki and @PINE64's post below.
- VoLTE support obviously this depends on both software support (Ubuntu Touch does not currently support VoLTE) and carrier support (e.g., AT&T in the US currently restricts VoIP to a small list of devices, though rumors say they will open VoLTE to all BYO devices by then end of 2019).
- Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n, single-band, hotspot capable
- Bluetooth: 4.0, A2DP
- Chipset: Allwinner A64
- CPU: Quad-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A-53
- GPU: MALI-400
- Memory: 2 or 3GB LDRR3 / 16 or 32GB eMMC
- micro SD supporting SDHC and SDXC. Bootable so you can test an OS build without erasing the eMMC (Source)
- Edited post to remove mention of a potential upgrade in specs. Let us see what happens and not put any pressure on Pine64 one way or another.
- USB: USB-C with USB host, 15W 5V 3A Quick Charge following USB PD specification, and alt-c 1080P DisplayPort
- Stereo headphone/mic jack (on bottom of phone) with serial console, same as Pinebook
- RGB status LED
- No IR LED
- Camera position same as in the image below, but speaker position may change
- Main Camera: Single OV6540, 5MP, 1/4", LED Flash
- Selfie Camera: Single GC2035, 2MP, f/2.8, 1/5"
- Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, ambient light
- 3 external switches, up down and power
- The hardware privacy kill switches will be placed inside the case, meaning you'll need to peel off the back of the case to access. This prevents accidental switch off. this tweet refers to the case back as easily removable. tllim later posted on IRC "back case can peel off using finger nail."
- Kill switches: 6 in total, for LTE/GNSS, Wifi/BT, Microphone, rear camera, front camera, and headphone.
- Case is matte black finished plastic
- Phone structure is plastic
- Samsung J7 3000mAh battery - "they are reliable, relatively inexpensive and easily attainable in most places we checked ... they will also be around for quite some time." A higher capacity batter in the same form may be possible.
- Battery is easy to replace, so that user also can carry a spare battery.
- No glue - disassembleable with only a screwdriver.
- SIM and micro SD card slot also located inside phone
- GNSS: GPS, GPS-A, GLONASS EG25-G appears to have additional capabilities, but let us not count on them for now.
- No NFC
- No FM Radio
- No fingerprint reader
- Price: $150 for 2 GB/16 GB configuration
- $10 of each sale will be donated to partner Linux-on-Phone projects (e.g., UBPorts, Plasma Mobile, postmarketOS, etc.)
- Proceeds of sales of PinePhone cases will fund donations of original model PineBooks to needy causes.
- PinePhone prototypes ship to core Linux-on-Phone OS developers (not app developers) October-November 2019
- Open-to-all production run in 2019, ordering starting November 15, 2019 at 8:00AM (GMT+0), 3,000 phones will ship without an installed OS to “Brave Heart” enthusiasts capable of installing the OS themselves; these should ship in December 2019 and January 2020.
- Large scale production in March, 2020, by which time at least one OS is expected to be ready.
- Availability: at least 5 years
Tentative motherboard layout:
Prototype motherboard and daughterboard:
Prototype phone with back removed and battery inserted:
Links to the Dev kits on the Pine64 Wiki:
Lukasz Erecinski's comprehensive 2019-09-05 update on PinePhone status:
Lukasz' November update, chock full of PinePhone info: