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Dimensions160.5mm x 76.6mm x 9.2mm[1]
Mass180 to 200 g[1]
Operating systemPlasma Mobile, Ubuntu Touch, PostmarketOS, Sailfish OS, any Linux-on-a-phone system
CPUAllWinner A64 ARM Quad core Cortex-A53, 64bit @ max1.2GHz
GPUMali-400 MP2
ModemBaseband, integrated
Memory2-3 GB
Storage16GB-64GB eMMC flash memory
Removable storagebootable microSD
Battery3000mAh, Samsung J7 form-factor, user-replaceable (est. cost $10 US)[2][3]
Data inputssensors:


  • Power
  • up/down buttons
  • LTE/GNSS, WiFi, Microphone, Speaker, Cameras kill switches[3] (no cellular kill switch)
Display720×1440 5.95″ IPS TFT
Rear cameraSingle OV6540, 5MP, 1/4″, LED Flash
Front cameraSingle GC2035, 2MP, f/2.8, 1/5″
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, single-band, hotspot capable, Bluetooth 4, A2DP, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB C USB 2.0 PD/Displayport

The Pinephone is a smartphone developed by Pine64, which has previously made laptops and single-board computers. It is a low-spec smartphone, fully hackable, running a range of copyleft-containing Linux mobile operating systems. Many components are screwed rather than soldered in place, such that the phone can be disassembled in five minutes.[2] The phone has some hardware kill switches / security switches, accessible by removing the back of the phone.[4]

Pine Microsystems began taking orders for a gamma "Brave Heart" version on November 15, 2019,[5] for delivery in December/January.[6] The mass-market edition is planned for March 2020.[7]


Initially costing $150, the PinePhone competes with the $700 Librem 5 and the €1199 euro security-focussed Necuno. Compared to the Librem, it has somewhat lower performance, less storage, and a smaller but faster-charging battery. Unlike the Librem 5, its cellular modem is not isolated and replacable.[4][8] The PinePhone uses more standard phone components (including the integrated modem/system-on-a-chip); the Librem, a convergence device, uses more components designed for desktops.[1][9] The Librem comes with its own manufacturer-supported free (mainly GPL) operating system, PureOS, while the PinePhone has broader support from more community-driven free operating systems (probably partly because of the much lower price).[10]

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  1. ^ a b c "The $149 Linux Phone: Everything You Need to Know". OMG! Ubuntu!. 8 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b Linder, Brad (5 September 2019). "PinePhone begins shipping to developers this month ($150 Linux smartphone)". Liliputing.
  3. ^ a b "PINEPHONE". PINE64.
  4. ^ a b T., Raffaele (2 September 2019). "Librem 5 vs. PinePhone: comparison of two Linux smartphones". TuxPhones.
  5. ^ "PinePhone Linux smartphone pre-orders start next week". SlashGear. 7 November 2019.
  6. ^ "November Update: Brave Heart, Pinebook Pro reception and more". PINE64.
  7. ^ Wallen, Jack. "The PinePhone Pre-Order has Arrived » Linux Magazine". Linux Magazine.
  8. ^ FaerberCTO, Nicole (4 September 2018). "Progress update from the Librem 5 hardware department". Purism.
  9. ^ Amadeo, Ron (2019-09-26). "Purism's Librem 5 phone starts shipping—a fully open GNU/Linux phone". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  10. ^ Aufranc, Jean-Luc (16 November 2019). "PinePhone "BraveHeart" Limited Edition Linux Smartphone is Now Available for $150". CNX Software - Embedded Systems News.

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