After almost completing the PinePhone “Braveheart Edition” shipping, Pine64 has opened the pre-order for its new PinePhone “Community Edition”. One of the main updates of the last edition is the collaboration with the UBports community.
If you don’t know, UBports is the foundation that backs Ubuntu Touch after Canonical abandoned the Ubuntu Phone project. After almost four years, UBports has finally made an official association with a Linux phone. Additionally, Ubuntu Touch is the first preinstalled operating system to ship in PinePhone, as the previous Braveheart did not feature any official Linux operating system.
PinePhone UBports “Community Edition”
Compared to the PinePhone ‘Braveheart’ devices that arrived last year, the PinePhone UBports ‘Community Edition’ is a heavily revised experimental release before the stable release. It has a much improved motherboard with several bug fixes as reported by the developers and testers at Braveheart.
Of course, it was a great initiative that jump-started Ubuntu Touch’s journey and now has the ability to take the Linux smartphone market to another level. However, Purism’s Librem 5 smartphone may be a big competitor to PinePhone which also supports Ubuntu Touch outside of PureOS by default.
Also Read: An Interview with Purism CEO and Founder Todd Weaver
PinePhone Community Edition Specifications
The specs of the community version almost resemble those of the braveheart with the same 5.95-inch display and 1440 × 724 resolution. It is also powered by a quad-core Allwinner A64 system-on-chip with a Mali 400-MP2 GPU.
Here is a brief list of PinePhone specifications:
- Display – HD IPS capacitive touchscreen
- Cut – 5.95 inches, 1440 × 720
- CPU – 1.2 GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex A-53
- Memory – 16 GB eMMC, 2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
- Camera – 5MP rear with LED flash, 2MP selfie
- Network – LTE, WCDMA, GSM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0
- Sensors – Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, ambient light, magnetometer (compass)
- Drums – Removable Li-Po 2750-3000 mAh
- guarantee – 30 days
As you can see the specs are almost the same except for the addition of new features. You may also find a difference in the UBports name with the logo on the personalized backplate.
What can I do or not do with PinePhone Community Edition?
Although Ubuntu Touch is still in beta, most of the basic features still work fine. Various developers in the community also shared their experience with performing the functions.
Here I list some key features that work on the PinePhone with Ubuntu Touch:
- Incoming and outgoing calls
- Voice in calls
- Manual brightness
- Data connection
- Stop, restart, load
- Loud speaker
- GPS locations
Let’s discuss what is currently not working on PinePhone.
Wireless connection is an important item that everyone needs. While you can use Wi-Fi, Hotspot, or Bluetooth, there’s a good chance you’ll experience connection stability issues.
Speaking of non-functional or upcoming features, the developers at PinePhone are working hard to add the following features:
- Torch, flashlight
- Photo and video camera
- Headphones, Microphones
- Automatic proximity and brightness sensor
- Airplane mode
All in all, you can do all the basic tasks on the PinePhone Community edition. And, after working with Ubuntu Touch, we can expect more features to be added in the near future.
Here you can take a look at the latest edition of PinePhone and UBports –
What operating system is running on PinePhone?
PinePhone Braveheart came without a pre-installed operating system. You can boot any Linux compatible mobile operating system, such as PostmarketOS, SailOS, or Ubuntu Touch. But the Community version comes preloaded with Ubuntu Touch, which is currently the most stable mobile operating system for Pinephone.
You can also consider PostmarketOS with the latest GNOME 3.36 desktop, which performs almost well. Additionally, as we reported last month, you can also run Manjaro Linux on PinePhone.
How to buy a PinePhone?
Currently, as of this writing, the latest Community Edition of PinePhone is in stock and available for pre-order. You can place your order from the official Pine64 store here.
The price of PinePhone Community Edition is $ 150, excluding shipping and import charges. Due to COVID-19, shipping will most likely begin in the last week of May 2020.
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