Pine64 Introduces New Linux-Powered e-Ink Tablet

The PineNote will run $399 and come with a pen

Pine64 just introduced a new e-ink tablet with pen and Linux support known as PineNote.

The company announced the product on Sunday in a blog post, saying it would be available to start shipping to early adopters later this year for $399. XDA Developers said that PineNote will have features like ARM-based quad-core Rockchip RK3566 chipset, 4GB RAM, 128GB of eMMC flash storage, two microphones, two speakers, 2.4/5GHz AC Wi-Fi, and more. 

PineNote

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“The 10.3 inch, 3:4 panel has a resolution of 1404×1872 (227 DPI), can display 16 levels of grayscale. It features a front light with cool (white) to warm (amber) light adjustment,” Pine64 wrote in its blog post. 

“What this means in practice is that you can illuminate the panel in dim or dark spaces to your liking. For those of you who don’t know, warm light is usually preferable in very dim spaces since it may significantly reduce eye strain.”

The PineNote has a scratch-resistant screen and glare-reducing hardened glass. In addition, the company said it measures 7mm thick is 1mm thinner than the Kindle Oasis 3. 

"The software shipping from the factory for the first batch will not be suitable for taking notes, reading e-books, or writing your dissertation."

As far as the pen that comes with the tablet, Pine64 said that it would feature a faint LED power on/off indicator, a previous/next page button, and an eraser button.

Pine64 notes that they have already received a lot of interest in people hoping to purchase the new PineNote, but said that only developers who plan to write software would be able to buy it later this year. 

“The software shipping from the factory for the first batch will not be suitable for taking notes, reading e-books, or writing your dissertation. It may not even boot to a graphical environment. However, we are excited for what you’ll create with this device and we’re ready to take the journey with you,” the company added. 

This will be the company’s first foray into a tablet product, since previously, Pine64 has focused on its PinePhone and the PineBook Pro. 

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