The PinePhone Pro was announced earlier this year as a successor to the free and open OS-friendly PinePhone that went on sale in 2019. The PineNote is also designed to run free and open source software, but instead of a phone it’s an E Ink tablet with a 10.3 inch display and support for pen input.
The PinePhone Pro is priced at $399 and boasts modest specs including a Rockchip RK3399S processor, 5.95 inch 1440 x 720 pixel IPS LCD display, and a single 13MP rear-facing camera.
What makes the PinePhone Pro a compelling offering — beyond its focus on openness — are features like a swappable Samsung J-type battery and DIP switches that enable and disable components like the cameras and microphones at a hardware level.
It’s also significantly more powerful than the original PinePhone, which has an Allwinner A64 quad-core processor, up to 3GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of storage. It continues to sell for $150 to $200.
The PineNote Pro is a very different device that’s designed for reading eBooks and taking digital notes. It has a 10.3 inch, 14040 x 1872 pixel E Ink display and a Wacom digitizer with support for pressure-sensitive pen input.
Powered by a quad-core Rockchip RK3566 SoC, the PineNote features 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage. It offers WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5 connectivity and a generous 4000mAh battery should provide plenty of runtime.
PINE64 has only opened pre-orders of the PineNote to developers at this point, noting that “the first batch of the PineNote will be great to write software for, but not great to write notes on.”
Those, presumably, are among the units that just shipped. PINE64 adds that you should “wait for a later batch with better preinstalled software if you just want to use the device as an e-reader, e-note, or your everyday computing device.”
Right now the priority is getting both devices into the hands of people who need to build and test apps ahead of broader availability.
Once you are able to order the PineNote, you can expect a retail price of $399.
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