The PinePhone Pro began shipping to developers earlier this month. And soon it’ll be available for anyone to purchase.

Pine64 has announced that it will begin taking orders for the $399 Linux-friendly smartphone in late December or early January.

First announced in October, the PinePhone Pro is a smartphone with a 6 inch HD+ display, a Rockchip RK3399S hexa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage. While those specs put the phone in mid-range territory, they aren’t the things that make the PinePhone Pro stand out.

Pine64’s new smartphone has a few features that seem like throwbacks in 2021… but in a good way. It has a removable 3,000 mAh battery, a headset jack, and a microSD card reader. The phone also has physical switches that allow you to disable hardware including the cameras, mic, headphones, and wireless features if you want privacy.

And the phone is designed to be hackable. It will ship with Manjaro Linux and the KDE Plasma Mobile user interface pre-installed, but users can install any operating system they like on the phone – it can even boot from a microSD card if you want to try out a different OS than the one installed on the built-in storage.

So far developers have ported postmarketOS, Mobian, Arch, and NixOS to run on the PinePhone Pro. Development is still ongoing, so if you are one of the first folks to get your hands on a PinePhone Pro, expect to treat the software as beta at best.

Like the original PinePhone and other Linux-friendly phones like the Purism Librem 5, the PinePhone Pro is best thought of as a smartphone for enthusiasts of free and open source software and/or privacy. Eventually these phones could present true alternatives to the Android and iOS duopoly in the smartphone space, but right now there are a lot of features that are still under development.

But compared to the original PinePhone, which is still available for $150 and up, the new PinePhone Pro has a faster processor, more memory and storage, better cameras, and improved wireless capabilities. And that could make this phone a little more viable as a daily driver smartphone… assuming there’s software available to let you do what you’d like with the phone. And if the software isn’t there just yet, then you can help test it out, file bug reports, or even join the development.

In addition to announcing that the PinePhone Pro will be available for purchase soon, Pine64 notes that the front-facing camera has been upgraded from a 5MP camera to an 8MP camera with a higher-quality image sensor. And the company has a few updates on accessories for the PinePhone Pro and the original PinePhone:

  • The long-in-development PinePhone Keyboard will be available for purchase soon for $50, probably in early January.
  • A PineDio back case that adds a LoRa radio to the PinePhone will likely be available for purchase later this month.
  • You’ll probably be able to buy a PinePhone/PinePhone Pro back cover with fingerprint reader in the first quarter of 2022.
PinePhone ProPinePhone
Display6 inch
1440 x 720 pixel IPS LCD
Gorilla Glass 4
5.95 inch
1440 x 720 pixel
IPS LCD
SoCRockchip RK3399S
2 x ARM Cortex-A72
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.5 GHz
Allwinner A64
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.2 GHz
GPUARM Mali-T760 4-cores @ 500 MHzARM Mali-400MP2
RAM4GB LPDDR4 @ 800 MHz2GB or 3GB LPDDR3
Storage128GB eMMC16GB or 32GB eMMC
Camera (rear)13MP Sony IMX258
LED flash
5MP Omnivision OV5640
LED flash
Camera (front)8MP Omnivision OV88582MP GC2035
ModemQuectel EG25-G with global GSM and CDMA
4G LTE
GPS, A-GPS, GLONAS
Quectel EG25-G with global GSM and CDMA
4G LTE
GPS, A-GPS, GLONAS
WiFiAmpak AP6255
WiFi 5
WiFi 4
BluetoothBluetooth 4.1Bluetooth 4.0
I/OUSB 3.0 Type-C (power, data, video)
pogo pins
3.5mm headphone
microSD card reader
USB 2.0 Type-C (power, data, video)
pogo pins
3.5mm headphone
microSD card reader
SensorsAccelerometer
Gyroscope
Proximity
Compass
Ambient Light
Accelerator
Gyroscope
Proximity
Compass
Ambient Light
Barometer
ButtonsPower
Volume up/down
Power
Volume up/down
Hardware kill switchesCameras
Microphone
WiFi & BT
LTE modem
Headphones
Cameras
Microphone
WiFi & BT
LTE modem
Headphones
Battery3,000 mAh Samsung J7 form-factor3,000 mAh Samsung J7 form-factor
Charging5V/3A (15W)5V/3A (15W)
Dimensions160.8 x 76.6 x 11.1mm160.5 x 76.6 x 9.2mm
Weight215 grams180 – 200 grams
Price$399$149 / $199

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  1. I’ve seen a video on YouTube of someone running GIMP in the vanilla PinePhone. If it can run on the vanilla model, the Pro model would have faster performance. Really looking forward to this phone.

  2. Sounds like a good phone. But, 400 bucks for a phone with no mainstream app store is too much. Can this phone run apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype or my banks app? Probably not. I’ll pass.

    1. I dunno, can you do any of those things on Linux. Like I don’t know, if only they made a browser type thing and some kind of network where you could go and find those things. If only…you may be on to something. You should make something like that and call it “Outernet” or some thing. It may catch on.

    2. You can run android apps on the pinephone via anbox or waydroid. It’ll probably take a while before those packages work with the pinephone pro’s hardware, and you should wait for editions that ship with an OS pre-installed anyway, unless you’re a developer.

    3. No Facebook? No Skype? No WhatsApp? no mainstream app store? Not to mention, no Google, Microsoft, Android, Apple, Intel, or Amazon! That is precisely WHY I’m buying the phone.

      Can’t wait…

      Best,
      Steven

    4. If running Android apps is your priority, then you are looking at the wrong phone. This is for people who want to leave Android and go full-on Linux.

  3. Thanks for the heads up Brad!
    This is the headline I’ve been patiently waiting for!
    I’ll be grabbing one.

    Best,
    Steven B.