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Introductory priceUS$15 to $29
Operating systemArmbian
System-on-chip usedAllwinner A64
CPU1.152 GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53
Memory0.5, 1, or 2GB
StorageMicroSD slot
GraphicsMali-400 MP2
PowerDC 5V @ 2A, 3.7V

Pine64 is a family of single-board computers and the name of the company that produces them. Their first single-board computer, the Pine A64, was designed to compete with the Raspberry Pi in both power and price. Its name descends from the constants pi and e.[1] The A64 was first funded through a Kickstarter crowdfunding drive in December 2015,[2] where the company raised over $1.4 million.[3]

The computer was released in three feature variations.[4][5] While the 512 MB model only works with Arch Linux and Debian Linux distributions, the models with more memory can run distributions including Android, Remix OS, Windows 10,[6] FreeBSD,[7] and Ubuntu.[8]

The company also created the Pinebook, a Netbook using the Rockchip RK3368 SoC, that was notably used by KDE team to improve Plasma on ARM desktops[9].

Pre-release comments in Make wrote that the A64's closest analog was two to three times the A64's price,[10] and that the A64 continued the Raspberry Pi's trend of breaking barriers for engineers.[11]

In a review of final hardware by, the reviewer was surprised at his ability to have the full, albeit slow, Mate desktop environment at the A64's price.[8] Phoronix's benchmarks indicated similar CPU performance to a Raspberry Pi 3.[12] However, a review by Hackaday noted problems with production quality, software, and user support.[13]

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  1. ^ "About – PINE64: Once Upon A Time…". Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  2. ^ Brian, Matt (2015-12-09). "PINE A64 is a $15, 'high-performance' take on the Raspberry Pi". Engadget. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  3. ^ Matney, Lucas (2016-01-21). "The Pine A64 Is A $15 PC With Endless Possibilities". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  4. ^ Shah, Agam (2016-03-15). "The $15 Pine 64, a Raspberry Pi 3 competitor, finally ships". Computerworld. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  5. ^ Shah, Agam (2016-03-15). "Meet the Raspberry Pi's new rival: The $15 Pine 64 finally ships with 4K video support". PCWorld. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  6. ^ "Microsoft Azure IoT Device Catalog". Microsoft Azure. 2016-10-16. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  7. ^ Obuch, Milan (2017-02-20). "FreeBSD on Pine64 experience". Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  8. ^ a b Bhartiya, Swapnil (2016-08-09). "Build a $20 Computer with PINE64". Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  9. ^ Riddell, Jonathan (2018-08-22). "KDE Plasma on ARM Laptop Pinebook".
  10. ^ Scheltema, David (2015-12-09). "The $15 PINE64 Just Launched on Kickstarter, and it's Already Funded". Make. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  11. ^ Epstein, Zach (2015-12-09). "Meet Pine A64, a 64-bit quad-core supercomputer that costs just $15". BGR. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  12. ^ Larabel, Michael (26 December 2016). "Benchmarking The Low-Cost PINE 64+ ARM Single Board Computer". Phoronix. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  13. ^ Benchoff, Brian (21 April 2016). "PINE64: THE UN-REVIEW". Hackaday. Retrieved 28 December 2017.

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