Pine64 says Ubuntu Touch based PineTab tablet shipment delayed by a week, new ETA is August 17-21

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Pine64’s PineTab Linux tablets with Ubuntu Touch will now start shipping from August 17 due to LCD panel driver replacement

If you had pre-ordered the Ubuntu Touch based Pine64’s new PineTab tablet and were hoping to get the delivery by the end of this month, you should wait for another 15 days. According to Lukasz Erecinski from Pine64, the shipment dates have been shifted to August 17-21, 2020.

The pre-orders for the Ubuntu Touch based PineTab pilot batch went live last month and were sold out within three days. Pine64 had promised to deliver the pilot batch orders by the last week of July 2020. But Erecinski announced that the PineTab will now be shipped from August 17. The reason for the delay according to Erecinski is the decision to change the LCD panel driver, which is about to reach its end-of-life (EOL).

To be precise, we are just a week behind the original schedule; the cause of the delay is our decision to change the LCD panel driver (or perhaps more accurately, we were convinced to exchange the panel driver by the vendor) as the driver we originally chose is reaching end of life (EoL). We ultimately decided that a week’s delay is worth it. The alternative scenario would likely result in developers supporting multiple LCD drivers in their operating systems, which is not ideal.

Lukasz Erecinski

Erecinski says that the new schedule for fully assembled PineTab tablets from the production lines is around August 6 or 7 and the final delivery for preorders should start in mid-August (most probably between 17-21 August).

Erecinski also added that all PineTab certifications are obtained. “I am also pleased to announce that CE, FCC, and RoHS certifications for the PineTab have already been finalized and the reports are now being written up. All reports will be completed in time for shipping and relevant certificates will be submitted to Wiki as soon as they are made available to us,” Erecinski added.

The newer PineTab version will be fitted with a 6000 mAh Cobalt in a lithium-ion battery, Erecinski says provides a long battery life and has superior discharge-cycle battery longevity.

Pine64’s Linux Ubuntu Touch based PineTab Specifications:

  • Ubuntu Touch out of the box
  • Allwinner A64 Quad Core System on chip (SoC)
  • 2GB LPDDR3 RAM and 64GB eMMC
  • 10-inch 720p Capacitive LCD
  • 2MP front and 5MP rear camera
  • 6000mAh Cobalt in a Li-Ion battery
  • Bootable micro SD Slot
  • HD Digital Video Out
  • USB 2.0
  • Micro USB 2.0 OTG
  • Magnetically attached keyboard (optional)
  • Support for the expansion adapter board
  • The volume rocker
  • ‘Home’ button
  • Over The Air (OTA) update support

Erecinski says that future iterations of PineTab will feature m.2 LTE/SSD and LoRa adapter as an add-on. “We have also received PineTab m.2 LTE/SSD and LoRa adapter samples from vendor partners. Before these become available in the PINE Store we want developers to give them a proper spin so that all necessary functionality these adapters provide can be enabled in software. I presently cannot tell you when they will be available for purchase in the PINE Store, but I suspect that the m.2 LTE/SSD adapter will be the first to become available in the next 2-3 months’ time,” he added.

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