PinePhone Launches the KDE Community Edition For $149

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PinePhone Launches the KDE Community Edition For $149

From the start, Pine64 has specialized in the manufacture of Linux-based ARM-powered smartwatches, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices

Earlier this year, the firm started shipping its first production-ready PinePhones. It’s been customary for PinePhone to partner with different Operating System vendors for its smartphone’s productions.

This time around, Pine64 collaborated with KDE to produce and debut the PinePhone KDE Community Edition.

Interestingly, each batch of the PinePhone-branded smartphones from Pine64 uses a different based OS, and this confirms that Pine64 truly partners with varying vendors of OS at intervals.

However, every Pine64 made smartphone is usually named after the OS that comes pre-loaded on the handset. Not that alone, but the rear panel of the smartphone will also sport the logo of the system software.

The latest batch of the smartphones from PinePhone would run on the KDE Plasma Mobile, hence, the name PinePhone KDE Community Edition.

The new PinePhone KDE Community Edition comes with a 5.95-inch LCD panel that has an aspect ratio of 18:9 and promises to deliver an HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.

On the inside, the Allwinner A64 chipset, which has a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and ARM Mali 400 MP2 GPU drives the smartphone.

Alongside the chipset, the phone arrives with 2GB / 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 16GB / 32GB eMMC storage.

It supports connectivity features such as 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, single-band Wi-Fi, and GNSS. Also, the handset has support for sensors like accelerometer, gyro, compass, ambient, proximity, and barometer.

For optics, the PinePhone KDE Community Edition has a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter and a single 5-megapixel rear shooter.

The handset arrives with a removable 3,000mAh battery. Surprisingly, the battery in the PinePhone KDE Community Edition is replaceable by any Samsung Galaxy J7 battery.

The PinePhone KDE Community Edition launched in two variants: the 2GB RAM + 16GB storage model, which sells for $149 and the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model that costs $199.