PinePhone Pro Explorer Edition: Linux-based smartphone launches for US$399 with the Rockchip RK3399S
PINE64 has started taking pre-orders for the PinePhone Pro in the Explorer Edition, a Linux smartphone based on the Rockchip RK3399S. PINE64 also equips the smartphone with 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 128 GB of eMMC flash storage and a microSD card reader that accepts up to 2 TB cards.
Additionally, the 160.8 x 76.6 x 11.1 mm device has a 6-inch and 720p display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The PinePhone Pro Explorer Edition has relatively thick bezels by modern smartphone standards, along with an 8 MP front-facing camera and a 12 MP rear-facing one, specifically the Sony IMX258. A 3,000 mAh battery powers the device, which supports up to 15 W charging.
Currently, the PinePhone Pro Explorer Edition supports fewer operating systems than the original PinePhone, which works with over 20 OSes. Still, the Explorer Edition can run Arch Linux ARM and Manjaro ARM, among others. The PinePhone Pro Explorer Edition is pre-orderable now for US$399.
For reference, PINE64 states that all orders placed before January 18 will ship later this month. Please note that the company will ship the smartphone from Hong Kong, so you may incur customs duties and taxes, depending on where you live.