PinePhone smartphone is running Linux. Has anybody ever heard about anything similar? Why would anybody want to run Linux on their smartphone? Yeah, I had the same questions at first. But hear me out.
The major issue of smartphones these days is the fact, that even the high-end smartphones get unusably slow in just about two years. Most of the time issue is the software, or planned obsolescence as one might say. Therefore, some developers have started creating lightweight Linux OS for smartphones. So nowadays it is possible to install Linux on your old or new Android device. However, installing Linux is a fairly difficult task for many of us, Therefore, an organization called Pine64 released a brand new PinePhone smartphone that is running Linux OS. Let’s take a look at the capabilities of this n00b!
Body And Display
PinePhone smartphone measures at 160.5mm x 76.6mm x 9.2mm and weighs 185 grams. It is built out of plastic and glass, just like many other phones. It comes in only black color and uses the old micro-SIM cards, so you should be aware that you probably will need an adaptor.
The phone has 5.95-inch LCD-IPS HD display with a resolution of 1440×720 pixels and 18:9 ratio
Inside Of PinePhone Smartphone
It runs UBPorts with Lomiri GUI OS on a 64bit Quad-Core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A-53 CPU, MALI-400 GPU, and Allwinner A54 chipset.
It has 16GB internal memory and 2GB RAM. Also, you could add a micro SD card of up to 2TB size.
Communication May (not) Be The Strong Side
It supports worldwide 4G LTE bands as well as every previous technology. It has Wi-Fi, and BlueTooth, and even GPS. Everything one would ever need.
Cameras are Not The Best. 2MP selfie and 5MP main. Kind of funny numbers for an end of 2019 smartphone.
But it has a 3.5mm headphone jack!
Also, it has all the sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, ambient light, magnetometer(compass)
It features USB type C (SlimPort), USB Host, DisplayPort Alternate Mode output
And the most surprising fact: removable 3000mAh battery.
So, as you can see, it is not the newest iPhone and not a fully worked out consumer product yet, but rather a toy for developers and geeks that want to tackle this whole idea. However, it has all the stuff that makes it a smartphone: a camera, Wi-Fi connection, touchscreen, etc.. So, you do in fact get a fully working Linux PinePhone smartphone after all.
Anyway, we probably haven’t reached the era of not slowing down smartphones just yet, but the PinePhone Smartphone may be the first step towards this goal.
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