PINE64, a company that embraces an open and community-driven platform for hardware and software, has begun shipping its first batch of PinePhones, the $150 “BraveHeart” editions. The PinePhone is a Linux-based and developer-focused smartphone, and the BraveHeart in particular is an early-adopter model for the most dedicated of Linux and open-platform users.
The PinePhone arrives without any software preloaded, and users are expected to flash their OS of choice to the device. The Linux community has a wide swath of OS options that are all in various stages of development, so this blank slate of a phone will be an excellent testbed for their future releases. The components are definitely geared toward testing instead of performance, as it comes with a 5.95″ LCD screen, a quad-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A-53 processor, 16GB of memory, 2GB of RAM, a rear 5MP camera, and a 2MP front-facing shooter. A 3000 mAh battery powers it all and the phone supports USB-C charging at up to 15W – 5V 3A, a surprising addition given the rest of the mediocre specs.