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$399 PinePhone Pro Announced with More Power, 4GB RAM

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Been pining for a premium version of the PinePhone? Well, you’re are in luck — one has just been announced.

PinePhone Pro Specs

Display: 6-inch (1440×720) IPS with Gorilla Glass 4
CPU: Rockchip RK3399S @ 1.5 GHz (2x A72, 4x A53)
Graphics: ARM Mali T860
RAM: 4GB LPDDR4
Storage: 128GB eMMC
Cameras: 13 MP Sony IMX258 (rear)
5MP OmniVision OV5640 (front-facing)
Ports: microSD car slot
Pogo pins
USB C (including video)
Audio jack
Battery: 3000mAH (replaceable)
Price: $399

PinePhone Pro is billed as “the fastest mainline Linux smartphone on the market” and packs some serious performance upgrades compared to the original PinePhone.

More powerful, the new model comes outfitted with a six-core ARM processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB internal memory. Physical hardware privacy dip switches are also included as standard.

At the heart of the PinePhone Pro is the Rockchip RK2299S. This 1.5GHz chip is a modified version of the SoC used in the PineBook Pro.

‘Alternations’ to the chip include support for the PinePhone Pro’s suspend state. This “allows the smartphone to receive calls and SMS messages while preserving battery”, say Pine64.

“The PinePhone Pro is not a second-generation PinePhone, but rather a higher-end PinePhone,” the company adds. “The original PinePhone isn’t going away anytime soon either – in fact, we have thousands of units in the pipeline.

The improved performance of the pro model will lend itself well to ‘docked’ mode, with web surfing, HD video watching, and even a bit of light photo editing all said to perform well on the device.

Although the PinePhone Pro is a smidgen bigger (160.8 x 76.6 x 11.1mm) than the original (160.5mm x 76.6mm x 9.2mm) the device is backwards compatible with PinePhone case accessories, like the upcoming physical keyboard case.

Pre-orders for the PinePhone Pro developer edition go live today, October 1 5 but — keep this in mind — these versions are intended primarily for OS developers and hardware hackers and not enthusiasts or end users.

Non-developers who want a PinePhone Pro should wait for the PinePhone Pro Explorer Edition. This will be available to pre-order later this year and will be ‘geared towards tech-savvy end-users’ (i.e. the likes of you and me).

Price? $399. This is minus additional costs and fees like shipping, import tax, etc.

Preorder the PinePhone Pro

With its 6-core processor, 4GB RAM, and sizeable internal storage, the potential for Linux on smartphones is pushed even further.

Preorder the PinePhone Pro

To whet your hardware loving appetites, here are some renders of the new PinePhone Pro courtesy of Pine64, including a size comparison with the existing PinePhone:

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Ken Saunders

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Ken Saunders is a freelance writer, gadget collector and Biohacker. Kens’ professional background is in Information Technology as well as Health and Wellness. His experience has given him a broad base from which to approach many topics. He especially enjoys researching and writing articles on the topics of Technology, Food, and all things Freelancing. His articles have appeared in many online sites, including Lifehack.media, Andrew Christian, Alltherooms.com and Vocal.media.You can learn more about his services at http://www.ken-saunders.info.

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