Upcoming Product: PineTab BSD/Linux Tablet from Pine64 Coming Soon

Upcoming Product: PineTab BSD/Linux Tablet from Pine64 Coming Soon

(From the FOSDEM 2019 Blog announcement from Pine64 -- with minor edits)

The PineTab is a *BSD/Linux-only tablet based on the Allwinner A64 SOC. The configuration of the PineTab is akin to that of the 11.6” Pinebook and we expect that most existing Linux and *BSD images for the Pinebook will work on the tablet with little to no code alterations. That said we also hope and encourage developers who are interested in the touch interface to approach us and have a chat about the PineTab.

The tablet is is built out of sleek black and grippy plastic and features a 720p 10.1” IPS LCD panel, a volume rocker and ‘home’ button on one side, and a set of speakers on the back. You will also be able to purchase a magnetically attachable keyboard for the PineTab, which doubles-up as a protective sleeve. Whilst most desktop distros feature an on-screen keyboard, and mouse functionality can be duplicated using a touch-screen, very few have been designed specifically with touch in mind, so an optional keyboard is something we expect many users will appreciate. The keyboard features an inbuilt trackpad and connects to the tablet using pogo pins that use a standard USB 2.0 interface, and folds in a way that also props up the tablet when it is set on a table.

Here are some more details about the device:

  • BT 4.0
  • WiFi 802.11n
  • 16GB eMMC
  • Allwinner A64 SoC
  • 720p IPS 10” LCD (MiPi)
  • USB 2.0-A host
  • MicroUSB 2.0 OTG
  • microSD slot
  • 2mpx front-facing camera
  • 5mpx rear camera
  • Speakers and microphone
  • Volume rocker and ‘home’ button
  • Magnetically attached keyboard & trackpad
  • Target price for PineTab & keyboard: $99 ($79 for standalone PineTab)

The PineTab prototype shown at FOSDEM this year is nearly complete and production units should start rolling off of the factory floor soon. If you are interested in the device - especially in developing software support for it - make sure to reach out to us online.
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cmcanulty - April 25, 2019

can’t wait!

Bo - March 18, 2019

Arthur Anderson:

1) We don’t know a release date for the PineTab yet. A recent note from Pine64 states: “As soon as we know you’ll know”
2) Not yet, we don’t believe
3) Just what we’ve posted so far
4) See #1, #2 and #3. :-)

Arthur Anderson - March 18, 2019

1) when & where can I buy the $79 tablet, without keyboard.
2) is there pinetab schematic
3) pinetab technical data
4) any info on smartphones too.

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