The PineBook Pro, a 14-inch Linux laptop, is now available to order for US$199.99
The PineBook Pro is a 14-inch laptop with a difference. Unlike most laptops, which OEMs release with Windows or Chromium OS, the PineBook Pro runs Linux. It is also exceptionally cheap even by Chromebook standards, with a pre-order price of just US$199.99.
PINE64 unveiled the PineBook Pro at FOSDEM 2019 in February, although it first announced the device via a press-release in late January. Pine64 followed this up with a demonstration video in April, upon which we reported, while it recently released a second video showing the device streaming 4K videos and Quake 3.
The release of the PineBook Pro had been hampered by speaker and USB Type-C issues, but PINE64 has now resolved these and put the device up for pre-order. The company started fulfilling orders yesterday, but stresses that it "will fulfil the pre-order queue based on first come first served basis". Moreover, you must first register for a unique coupon code before purchasing the device, which you can do here. Incidentally, the first 1,100 orders by community members who registered on the PINE64 forum before July 1 will receive a free upgrade to a 128 GB of storage. We have included an overview of the PineBook Pro below:
|CPU||4x ARM Cortex-A72 2x ARM Cortex-A53|
|GPU||ARM Mali-T860 MP4|
|RAM||4 GB LPDDR4 dual-channel|
|Storage||64 GB eMMC 5.0|
|Display||14.1-inch 1080p IPS|
|Size||329 x 220 x 12 mm|
|I/O||1x USB 3.0 Type-A 1x USB 3.0 Type-C 1x USB 2.0 Type-A 802.11 ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 5.0 2 MP webcam PCIe x4 to M.2 NVMe (adapter required)|
We should point out that the PineBook Pro comes with only 30 days of manufacturer's warranty, which is abysmally short. Additionally, PINE64 states the following on the PineBook Pro order page.
- The Pinebook Pro will use pre-order method and inform by email.
- Due to Lithium-ion battery in Pinebook Pro, the shipment of Pinebook Pro orders will be handled differently from other Pine64 products, that's the reason we didn't allow to combined Pinebook Pro order with other Pine64 products. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
- Small numbers (1-3) of stuck or dead pixels are a characteristic of LCD screens. These are normal and should not be considered a defect.
- When fulfilling the purchase, please bear in mind that we are offering the Pinebook Pro at this price as a community service to PINE64, Linux and BSD communities. We make no profit from selling these units. If you think that a minor dissatisfaction, such as a dead pixel, will prompt you to file a PayPal dispute then please do not purchase the Pinebook Pro. Thank you.