Pinebook Pro is an inexpensive Linux laptop with modest configuration and a price tag of just $200. Pre-order for this device is open now.
Pine64 is a popular name among the single board computer enthusiasts. It gained its fame with its $15 PINE A 64 Raspberry Pi alternative device. Since then it has formed a substantial open source community around its products.
Pine64 has now improved the specification of this inexpensive Linux laptop with the launch of Pinebook Pro.
The new Pinebook Pro is capable of playing 4K videos and performs as a decent low-end desktop computer like Raspberry Pi 4. You can see a demo in this video:
Pinebook Pro specifications
Here’s the specification for the Pinebook Pro:
- 64-Bit Dual-Core ARM 1.8GHz Cortex A72 and Quad-Core ARM 1.4GHz Cortex A53 CPU
- Quad-Core MALI T-860 GPU
- 4 GB LPDDR4 Dual Channel System DRAM Memory
- 64 GB eMMC 5.0 Hard disk
- WiFi 802.11AC
- Bluetooth 5.0
- One USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 Type-A Host Ports
- 1 USB 3.0 Type-C ports with alt-mode display out and 15W 5V 3A charge.
- 1 MicroSD Card Slot
- 1 Headphone Jack and built-in Microphone
- Full Size Keyboard
- Large Multi-Touch Touchpad
- Lithium Polymer Battery (10000mAH)
- 14.1″ IPS LCD (1920 x 1080) display
- 2.0 Megapixels front camera
- Dimension: 329mm x 220mm x 12mm (WxDxH)
- Weight: 1.26 kg (2.78 lbs)
Pinebook Pro comes with a variety of Linux distributions with Debian being the default OS. Chromium OS and Android 9 are also available as an option.
Getting Pinebook Pro
The Pinebook Pro costs $199.99 with additional shipping charges. Its maker Pine64 focuses mainly on the single board computers. Both Pinebook and Pinebook Pro are created simply as a community service. They claim to make no profit from it.
For this reason, there is limited supply of these devices and they get out of stock pretty soon. So if you want to buy one, request your pre-order and wait for the availability.
The pre-order is open at the moment. The Pine64 community members will get the priority and a free 128GB eMMC upgrade.
Pine64 warns that there could be a few dead pixels in the screen but that are characteristics of LCD screens. So do keep this in mind if you are ordering one as this won’t be counted as defect and refunds won’t be initiated.
I believe Pinebook Pro is a decent entry level Linux laptop. The pricing is great. If only they could mass produce it and make it available to a large userbase worldwide.
What do you think of Pinebook Pro? Are you going to order one for yourself?