PINE64 presents PineNote, its new tablet in ebook format with electronic ink

PINE64 is a somewhat unique company. Not for profit, it tries to encourage the use of Linux and free software through ARM devices that are also inexpensive. However, its latest product is quite groundbreaking compared to what it has previously marketed, since this time we find a tablet with ebook capabilities, or is it rather a tablet canned in an ebook ? Regardless of the approach you want to give it, there is no denying that the PineNote , your new device , is something different.

In case it has not been clear, PINE64 has presented the PineNote, an ebook (electronic ink book) that pretends to be much more than it appears at first, because in addition to doing the typical function of reading books and digital documents, it will equate a Linux operating system to perform tablet functions. Due to its ambitious approach, its retail price for early adopters will be $ 399 , much higher than rivals like Amazon’s Kindle and what PINE64 is accustomed to.

The PineNote’s e-ink screen will have (or so has been published about the prototype) a diagonal 10.1-inch and a native resolution of 1,872 × 1,404 pixels . In addition, it will support 16 gray levels and a standard 60Hz refresh rate . The screen will be highly visible in direct sunlight, but will also feature a front light with adjustable color support, allowing for white light by day and a more amber light at night. This is a way of emulating the behavior of GNOME’s Night Light and KDE Plasma’s Night Color, which try to minimize the emission of that blue light that can reduce sleep.

If we say that the PineNote also wants to be a tablet, it is because it gets its name from its support for pressure-sensitive digital pens , which opens the door to being able to write by hand or paint on the electronic ink screen. On the other hand, its capacitive touch panel will allow you to interact with your fingertips as with any tablet. While PINE64 will include a stylus, the ebook should be compatible with most peripherals that use EMR technology.

PINE64 presents PineNote, its new tablet in ebook format with electronic ink
PINE64 PineNote Cover

After posting quite a few details about the display, which is ultimately what will stand out the most from the PineNote, what about its internals? The device will feature Rockchip RK3566 quad-core ARM Cortex-A55 SoC accompanied by 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage . With such capabilities, you should be able to perform a large number of tasks.

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Because the hardware is similar to the board Quartz64 , much of the work to enable the device to run a Linux kernel has already been completed, but it will likely ship with a custom BSP (Board Support Package) kernel if the drivers E-ink displays have not gone mainstream by the time the first early adoption version of PineNote ships later this year. The graphical user interface aims to be Plasma Mobile, which has already been used by PINE64 on devices such as the PinePhone .

At the chassis and protection level, the PineNote has a chassis whose frame is made of a magnesium alloy, a plastic back cover and a scratch-resistant toughened glass cover on the screen. We leave you with a video of PINE64 in which the PineNote is presented, in addition to commenting on other devices of the company.

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