Late last year Pine64 unveiled plans to release a cheap Linux laptop with a starting price of $89.
While the Pinebook isn’t available for purchase yet, it looks like some developers have gotten their hands on pre-release versions of the laptop.
The Linux Sunxi community is focused on bringing open source software to computers with Allwinner’s ARM-based processors, so the Pinebook seems right up the group’s alley.
The Pinebook features an Allwinner A64 ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core 64-bit processor. It also has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC 5.0 storage, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 2.0 ports, a mini HDMI jack, and a microSD card slot.
Pine64 will offer two models: an 11.6 inch version with an $89 price tag and a $99 model with a 14 inch screen. Both HD displays.
While the official spec sheet for the laptop says it features a 1280 x 720 pixel IPS display, the Linux Sunxi site says the current version actually has a 1366 x 768 pixel TN screen. It’s unclear if that will change in the final design.
Also according to Linux Sunxi, 11.6 inch Pinebook measures about 11.8″ x 7.9″ x 0.9″ while the larger version is 13.9″ x 9.2″ x 0.9″.
You can also find more details about the specific hardware in a series of posts at the Linux Sunxi Google group. There’s no word on what kind of performance we should expect from this cheap Linux laptop yet though.