Pinebook is a lightweight and low cost notebook from company Pine64 that was announced in November 2016 and the production started in April 2017. It uses a single-board computer Pine A64 from Pine64 company and it costs 89 or 99 USD for 11,6" or 14" model. Its appearance resembles the MacBook Air.
Unlike traditional notebooks it uses 64-bit quad-core CPU ARM 1.2 GHz Cortex A53, together with 2 GB RAM LPDDR3 and graphics processor Mali 400 MP2. Instead of a hard disk drive it uses 16 GB flash memory eMMC 5.0, expandable to 64 GB, the storage capacity can be extended using microSD card up to 256 GB.
It supports WiFi 802.11bgn and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless networks, has 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 mini HDMI port and a headphone jack. It also contains 2 downward-facing speakers. The TN LCD display resolution is 1366 x 768 and its weight is 1.04 kg (11,6"), or 1,26 kg (14") respectively.
The Pinebook supports Linux and Android operating systems. As of December 2017, the pinebook cannot be run solely on free software and the linux kernel choice is limited to an old no longer supported version (3.10) with binary blobs to support most of the hardware, including the Mali graphics or any kind of 2D or 3D acceleration. Work is underway to integrate support into mainline Linux kernel and, as of April 2018, Debian was successfully installed using a custom device tree and u-boot build. Mainline support was merged for Linux 4.19.
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