Pine64 produces the PinePhone Linux phone in batches and each time there is a different Linux operating system. It started with the BraveHeart edition in November 2019 without any operating system, followed by the UBPorts community edition, then the PostMarkerOS community edition, and we should expect pre-orders for PinePhone Manjaro Community Edition from mid-September 2020.
As with the PostMarketOS edition, the new PinePhone Manjaro CE will be offered in two versions:
- $ 149 with 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC flash memory
- $ 199 with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC flash memory, and a USB-C docking station for people who want to connect the phone to a monitor and use it as an entry-level Linux PC
The phone still has the same hardware with an Allwinner A64 quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, 5.95-inch IPS display, rear and front cameras, as well as 4G LTE, WiFi 4, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
The additional USB-C docking station that came with the $ 199 model is equipped with a 10 / 100M Ethernet port, two USB Type-A ports, HDMI video output, and power input via USB-C.
The purchase of the phone will also help support Manjaro’s development as Pine64 will donate $ 10 to the project for every PinePhone Manjaro CE sold. If you already own another PinePhone model and want to give Manjaro a try, you can do so by downloading one of the three Manjaro PinePhone build variants (Lomiri, Phosh, Plasma Mobile) available on Manjaro Arm’s downloads repository.
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Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 on a part-time basis, before stepping down as head of software engineering and starting writing daily news and reviews full-time later in 2011.