Pine64 launches the cheapest Linux Tablet that can even work with a keyboard for a 2-in-1 form factor
Pine64 is an organization that designs, manufactures, and sells single-board computers, notebook computers, and smartphones. In 2015 Pine Microsystems offered its first product, the Pine A64, a single-board computer designed to compete with the popular Raspberry Pi in both power and price. While this time the company has developed a cheapest ever Tablet that runs Linux with a keyboard for a 2 in 1 form factor.
The PINETAB is similar in both form, in functioning as well as underlying ARM64 architecture to the original 11.6″ PINEBOOK. The Linux powered TAB is powered by the same Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor used in our popular PINE A64 Single Board Computer. The optional keyboard and trackpad – which doubles-up as a screen cover – effectively converts the PineTab into a petite on-the-go laptop with a touch screen functionality. It runs numerous mainline Linux distributions as well as *BSDs and Android.
As a new open-source platform, the PineTab development is an ongoing process and represents a great opportunity to get involved with computing on a different level, to customize and personalize the portable computer experience, to understand what is going on beneath the surface.
At $99.99, the PineTab is equipped with an Allwinner A64 quad-core processor paired with 2GB RAM and 64GB eMMC for storage. The 6,000 mAh battery should offer decent battery life given the 10-inch 1280×720 pixels IPS LCD screen.
PINETAB is powered by UBports, and Pine64 says some features are still a work-in-progress, which means that not everything is likely to run as you expect it to run given the beta stage of the operating system. However, the TAB is up for pre-order and the shipments are expected to start in late July. By the Time lets look at the specifications of the Pine64’s PINETAB.
Specifications of Pine64’s PINETAB:
- Allwinner A64 Quad Core SOC with Mali 400 MP2 GPU
- 2GB LPDDR3 RAM
- 10″ MIPI 720p Capacitive LCD
- Bootable micro SD Slot
- 64GB of eMMC
- micro HDMI port for external HD output
- USB 2.0 A host
- Micro USB 2.0 OTG
- 2Mpx front-facing camera
- 5Mpx rear camera
- Optional M.2 slot
- Speakers and Microphone
- The volume rocker and ‘home’ button
- Magnetically attached keyboard (optional)
- 6000mAh battery
- 3.5″ Barrel Power (5V 3A) Port
- Multiple expansion boards for LTE, LoRa and SATA SSD
These are the specifications of the Pine64’s PINETAB, and yes you can pre-order the TAB just at $99.99(Rs. 7,600 approx). The keyboard that can be attached to the TAB which makes it a 2 in 1 factor just costs at $19.99(Rs. 1500 approx). So you can own both TAB and keyboard just at $120 (Rs. 9,100 approx). For more news on tech and cybersecurity stay tuned at Android Rookies by subscribing to our newsletter from here