The PinePhone may be a smartphone designed to run any operating system you care to load on it. But Pine64 has been partnering with developers to offer PinePhone Community Edition devices that come pre-loaded with a specific OS, and which have a logo for that OS on the back.

Next up? The PinePhone Manjaro Community Edition. First announced in August, it goes up for pre-order on September 17th for $149 and up.

Update 9/18/2020: The PinePhone Community Edition: Manjaro is now available for pre-order for $149. You can also order a Convergence Package version for $199

Manjaro is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux, but known for being easier to install and use than Arch, with an emphasis on out-of-the-box functionality that has helped Manjaro become one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions in recent years.

The mobile version of Manjaro supports devices with ARM processors and there are builds available with the three user interfaces:

  • phosh (Purism’s phone shell developed for the Librem 5)
  • lomiri (developed by the UBports team for Ubuntu Touch)
  • plasma-mobile (developed by the KDE team)

The developers are still deciding which UI will be the default on the PinePhone Manjaro Community Edition when it ships, but users should be able to switch environments after the fact.

And like every PinePhone, the new Community Edition device isn’t limited to running the software that comes pre-loaded. The bootloader is unlocked, so you can replace the operating system. And there’s also support for booting from a microSD card if you want to try a different OS without removing Manjaro first.

There’s also multi-boot support.

The PinePhone Manjaro Community Edition will be available in two prices/configurations:

  • Standard version for $149 – 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage
  • Convergence package for $199 – 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage

The convergence package also includes a USB-C dock that makes it easy to use Pine64’s smartphone like a desktop computer by connecting an external monitor, mouse, keyboard, or other accessories.

Just keep in mind that like most GNU/Linux distros available for smartphones today, Manjaro ARM is still very much a work in progress and not necessarily ready to be a full-fledged replacement for Android or iOS as a daily driver for most people.

PinePhonePinePhone Convergence Package
Display5.95 inch
1440 x 720 pixel
IPS LCD
5.95 inch
1440 x 720 pixel
IPS LCD
ProcessorAllwinner A64
4 x ARM Cortex-A53
Mali-400 MP2 graphics
Allwinner A64
4 x ARM Cortex-A53
Mali-400 MP2 graphics
RAM2GB LPDDR33GB LPDDR3
Storage16GB eMMC
microSD (up to 2TB)
32GB eMMC
microSD (up to 2TB)
WirelessWiFi 4
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS
4G LTE (Quectel E-25G)
WiFi 4
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS
4G LTE (Quectel E-25G)
PortsUSB-C
3.5mm audio
USB-C
3.5mm audio
Cameras5MP rear
2MP front
5MP rear
2MP front
Battery3,000 mAh (removable)3,000 mAh (removable)
Charging5V/3A5V/3A
Sensors Accelerator
Gyroscope
Proximity
Compass
Ambient Light
Barometer
Accelerator
Gyroscope
Proximity
Compass
Ambient Light
Barometer
ButtonsPower
Volume
Power
Volume
Hardware kill switchesModem
WiFi/Bluetooth
Microphone
Rear camera
Front camera
Headphone
Modem
WiFi/Bluetooth
Microphone
Rear camera
Front camera
Headphone
Dimensions160.5 x 76.6 x 9.2mm160.5 x 76.6 x 9.2mm
Weight180 – 200 grams180 – 200 grams
Included accessoriesN/AUSB-C dock
Price$149$199

via Pine64 September Update

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