Laptop Pine64 Pinebook 14" Linux model
Laptop Pine64 Pinebook Pro 14" Linux model
Laptop Pine64 Pinebook 14" model
Laptop Pine64 Pinebook Pro 14" Rockchip model
Laptop Pine64 Pinebook 11.6" Rockchip model
Laptop Pine64 PineTab 11.6" Linux model
Single board Pine64 computers
The original Pine A64 boards released in 2016 are powered by an Allwinner A64 system-on-chip. It features a 1.2 GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor, an ARM Mali 400 MP2 graphics processor unit, one HDMI 1.4a port, one MicroSD slot, two USB 2.0 ports and a 100 Megabit Ethernet port. The A64 board has only 512 megabytes of RAM, the 1 GB and 2 GB versions are labeled “Pine A64+”. While the 512 MB model only works with Arch Linux and Debian GNU/Linux distributions, the A64+ with more memory can also run other operating systems including Android, Remix OS, Windows 10,FreeBSD, and Ubuntu. Optional eMMC storage modules can be plugged into special headers on the board.
A compute module called SOPINE A64 was introduced in January 2017. It features the same system-on-chip as the Pine A64, but mounted on a SODIMM DDR3 form factor board without the USB/HDMI/Ethernet connectors. It competes with the Raspberry Pi Compute Modules. Pine Microsystems Inc. sells a “Clusterboard” with an inbuilt 8-port Gigabit Ethernet switch which can be used to build a cluster system out of up to seven SOPINE modules. A review by Hackaday noted problems with production quality, software, and user support.
2017 also saw the addition of a “Long Term Supply” (LTS) version of the Pine A64/A64+ boards called “Pine A64/A64(+)- LTS”. The LTS versions are identical to the A64/A64+, but are guaranteed to be available until the year 2022 at a slightly higher cost.
In July 2017 the company added a new line of single board computers based on Rockchip SoCs. The ROCK64 features a Rockchip RK3328 Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor, a Mali-450MP2 GPU capable of playing 4K HDR videos, 1/2/4 Gigabytes of RAM, two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a MicroSD slot and several other peripheral ports.
Its larger brother, the ROCKPro64, is based on a Rockchip RK3399 Hexa-Core (dual ARM Cortex A72 and quad ARM Cortex A53) 64-Bit Processor instead. It features a Mali T-860 Quad-Core GPU and, in addition to the standard USB/Ethernet/HDMI/MicroSD ports, also has an eDP interface and an open-ended PCI Express x4 slot. An optional PCI Express to Dual SATA-II adapter and an optional Wi-Fi module are offered by Pine Microsystems.
In 2019 a new Allwinner-based board was added as a direct competitor to the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. The Pine H64 is based on the Allwinner H6 Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor. It features a Mali T-722 GPU, two or three Gigabytes of RAM, two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, onboard 802.11n Wi-Fi, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a MicroSD slot and several other peripheral ports.
In November 2016 the Pinebook, a Netbook built around an Allwinner A64 SoC with 2 GB of RAM and a 16 GB eMMC module was announced. Pre-release comments in Make wrote that the A64’s closest analog was two to three times the A64’s price, and that the A64 continued the Raspberry Pi’s trend of breaking barriers for engineers. Production started in April 2017. The Pinebook can only be obtained via a build-to-order system, potential buyers have to wait weeks or even months for an order code which then has to be redeemed within 72 hours. The hardware is priced at 99 US-$, but due to a 30 US-$ shipping fee and country-dependent import duties and taxes the final price is higher.
The Pinebook was notably used by the KDE team to improve Plasma on ARM desktops. In a review of final hardware by Linux.com, the reviewer was surprised at his ability to have the full, albeit slow, Mate desktop environment at the A64’s price. Phoronix‘s benchmarks indicated similar CPU performance to a Raspberry Pi 3.
In July 2019 the company announced the PineBook Pro, a netbook based around the Rockchip RK3399 SoC which is also used in the ROCKPro64. The preorder system went live on July 25, 2019. The device is priced at 199 US-$, though the final price after shipping and import duties/taxes is higher.
Pinebook is a lightweight, low-cost notebook designed and manufactured by American company Pine Microsystems. It was announced in November 2016 and production started in April 2017. It is based on the platform of Pine64’s existing Pine A64 single board computer and it costs US$89 or US$99 for the 11,6″ and 14″ model respectively. Its appearance resembles the MacBook Air.
Unlike traditional notebooks, Pinebook uses an ARM CPU rather than x86. It uses the Allwinner Technology A64 SoC, containing quad ARM 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 cores and Mali 400 MP2 GPU, together with 2 GB RAM LPDDR3. Instead of a hard disk drive it uses 16 GB of eMMC 5.0 flash memory, expandable to 64 GB. The storage capacity can be further extended using the microSD card slot (up to 256 GB).
It supports WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless networks, has 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 mini HDMI port and a headphone jack. It also contains 2 downward-facing speakers. The display is a TN LCD with a resolution of 1366 x 768. The unit’s weight is 1.04 kg (11,6″), or 1,26 kg (14″) respectively.
The Pinebook supports Linux and Android operating systems. As of 2019, the Pinebook can be run on free software in the form of RISC OS and Linux. Support for most hardware has been merged into the kernel mainline as of 4.19., with other drivers slowly trickling in.