Pine64 to Launch $79 Linux Tablet, $199 PineBook Pro Laptop

Pine64 PineTab Linux Tablet

Pine64, the company that gave us the $ 89 Pinebook Linux laptop, is branching out and is set to launch a Linux tablet this year for just $ 79. That’s as well as a new Linux laptop, smartphone, camera, single board computers, and retro gaming kit.

News of the tablet was revealed ahead of the FOSDEM 2019 open source conference where Pine64 will have a stand and prototypes of its new devices will be on display. One of those devices will be the PineTab, a 10-inch tablet with a choice of Linux and BSD distributions to run.

Pine64 PineBook Pro Linux Laptop

Inside the PineTab you’ll find an Allwinner A64 SoC, which consists of a Cortex-A53 quad-core processor and Mali-400 MP2 GPU. There’s 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of eMMC storage, a 2MP front camera and 5MP rear camera, and the 10-inch LCD touchscreen is 720p. Although not that powerful, at $ 79 it’s a bargain if you want an open tablet. For an extra $ 20 it’s possible to get one with a magnetically-attached keyboard that turns the tablet into a Linux laptop.

Alongside the PineTab, Pine64 is working on a PineBook Pro laptop featuring a 14-inch 1080p IPS display, up to 128GB of eMMC storage, 4GB of DDR4 RAM, the option of adding an M.2 NVMe SSD, and all the usual ports. It will run a Rockchip RK3399 SoC consisting of a dual-core ARM Cortex-A72 MPCore processor and Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 MPCore processor. The cost? A mere $ 199.

Other Pine64 devices to look out for this year include a $ 149 Linux smartphone of unspecified screen size, a $ 20 open source IP camera, and a Model B version of the Pine H64 single board computer with 1GB, 2GB, and 3GB RAM options for between $ 24.95 and $ 44.95. There’s also set to be a range of retro-gaming add-ons by Chinese manufacturer Roshambo that work with Pine64 hardware, and a third revision of Pine64’s most popular single board computer the Rock64.

FOSDEM 2019 kicks off on Feb. 2 in Brussels with Pine64 at stand eight in the AW building.

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