The Latest Linux Laptop under $100: Pinebook

Back in 2012, The Raspberry Pi revolutionized computers when they released a $25 single board computer back in 2012. After that followed a number of other manufacturers offering single board computer similar to Raspberry Pi including Microsoft. But we all know how that went (yup. It failed). Raspberry Pi kept up their game and dropped the Raspberry Pi Zero which was thinner and IoT-focused and after that, they followed up with other devices including the Omega 2.

With Raspberry Pi paving the way for other companies, Pine64 has taken the baton and launched an ARM based laptop that runs Linux or other Android based OS such as Remix OS, the Pinebook. This notebook has a single board computer Pine A64 which makes it aLinux exclusive Laptop since it is an ARM-based device.

Pinebook Specifications

The Pinebook houses:

  • 1 headphone jack
  • an IPS LCD (1280 x 720)
  • a 64-Bit Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53
  • a 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • a 16 GB eMMC 5.0
  • a 1.2 MP webcam
  • a 5-inch large multi-touch touchpad
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 10000mAH Lithium Polymer Battery
  • 2 USB, 1 Mini HDMI, 1 MicroSD card slot
  • WiFi 802.11bgn

Pinebook has two available sizes with different prizes:

  • 11″ LCD: $89
  • 14″ LCD: $99

The specifications remain the same for both sizes so it’s just a matter of size and prize you’ll be contemplating on.

Interested in Buying?

If you got all pumped up and ready to shell out around 100 bucks, hold your horses for now. Pinebook is not available to be shipped just yet. As per this website, it will start shipping from China in late February 2017.

What you can do now is register your email address so that you can get notified of when it is available. The registration page is on the Pinebook  website.

What do you think of it? Do you think this is something you would like to buy for yourself or for your children perhaps as an education device? Do share your views.

About The Author
Lamin Kanteh

Lamin loves smartphones and was introduced to the world of mobile devices with Android. Ubuntu is new to him, but he is enjoying writing about it so far.

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