Your daily dose of not-linux-gaming news, with an announcement for fans of Linux gadgets and tech as KDE has teamed up with Pine64 to bring out a PinePhone – KDE Community edition.
Sounds like it’s going to be quite a nice device for enthusiasts, especially if you’re after a proper Linux phone that isn’t Android and will respect your privacy – something I’ve tried to become more conscious of myself over the last few years. For extra privacy and security, and something I wish more phones had, there’s hardware kill-switches for the modem, WiFi/Bluetooth, microphone and cameras.
Just as awesome though is that it’s been designed for mobile / desktop convergence. So you can hook up a USB-C dock to connect it up with a mouse, keyboard, monitor and more to provide a more desktop-like experience using this useful little device.
I absolutely adore the little Pine icon on the back!
I have to admit, I’ve always loved the idea of being able to just hook up a tiny portable device like this into a full desktop like environment. While you can build your own using the likes of a Raspberry Pi and other tiny boards, having a ready-made all in one specially made solution is great too.
Here’s the specifications they sent over:
According to the folks at Pine64, the phone will be running mainline Linux and there’s open source drivers for all main SoC components. It will be running Plasma Mobile, which is a developed by free software volunteers and you can follow the progress of Plasma Mobile on this dedicated site.
They said that pre-orders will be open on December 1, with “all proceeds” going to the KDE e.V. which is a non-profit that represents the KDE Community in legal and financial matters.
If interested in this Linux phone, you can follow it on Pine64.