PineTab

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Warning:IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Early Adopters - please CLICK HERE - some known issues are listed there

The PineTab is a 10" tablet created by Pine64.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 11mm x 175mm x 260mm (Thickness, Width, Height)
  • Weight: 575g (Tablet alone)
  • Build: Plastic
  • Storage:
    • 64GB of internal eMMC storage
    • MicroSD slot, bootable
    • M.2 SSD slot, supports SATA and USB devices only, not NVME (optional)
  • Cameras: 2Mpx Front, 5Mpx Rear
  • SOC: Allwinner A64 Quad Core
  • CPU: 4x ARM A53 1.152GHz
  • GPU: Mali 400 MP2
  • RAM: 2GB LPDDR3
  • I/O: HD Video Out (Mini HDMI), Micro USB 2.0 OTG, USB 2.0 A host, 3.5mm Headphone/Mic combo,
  • Network:
    • WiFi (802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz only)
    • Bluetooth 2.1
    • M.2 LTE / Cell MODEM card, (optional, and takes place of optional M.2 SSD)
  • Display:
    • Size: 10.1 inches (257mm) diagonal
    • Type: HD IPS capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    • Resolution: 1280x800, 16:10 ratio
  • Attachments/Accessories: Magnetically attached keyboard (optional)
  • Battery: 6000MAh (6Ah)
  • Misc. features:
    • Volume rocker and home button
    • Speakers and Microphone
    • 2.5mm OD 0.7mm ID DC Jack Power (5V 2A) Port

Keyboard

Overview: The PineTab detachable keyboard features a full function row, FN key functionality, meta key (where the Windows key would be) and all of the keys you need for daily use.

FN keys:: Pause/play (F2), Stop (F3), Previous(F4), Next(F5), Music (F6), Mail (F7), Home (F8), Mute (F9), Vol- (F10), Vol+ (F11), Disable touchpad (F12), NumLock (Insert), Scroll Lock (Delete), PgUp (Up Arrow), PgDn (Down Arrow), Home (Left Arrow), End (Right Arrow), Digital Numpad (7,8,9,0,U,I,O,P,J,K,L,;,M,.,/)

Versions

  • "pinetab-dev": development version sent to ~100 developers. This one is like the Early Adopter version, but has a different display panel.
  • Early Adopter: the first hardware revision of the PineTab, which shipped to customers.
The insides of the PineTab

PineTab board information, schematics and certifications

Datasheets for components and peripherals

  • Lithium battery information:



Operating Systems

The PineTab will automatically boot from microSD if a bootable card is inserted. Although it is technically possible to use any ARM distro (because the PineTab uses the mainline kernel), only few of them will actually be usable on Early Adopters PineTab, due to specifics of working with LCD panel. Among those listed all except for postmarketOS have working builds.

UBPorts

Ubports-logo.png The UBPorts Ubuntu Touch is what preinstalled on PineTab Early Adopters batch.

It can update itself, and also jenkins daily build can be downloaded here

In the event that WiFi fails to connect, the USB port can be used with an appropriate dongle to connect for internet using ethernet cable.

postmarketOS

PostmarketOS-logo.png postmarketOS is a preconfigured version of Alpine Linux for mobile devices.

It offers various user interfaces (Phosh, Plasma Mobile, Sxmo, Plasma Desktop, Gnome 3, Kodi, XFCE4, ...), and allows to encrypt your installation.

As of writing, postmarketOS supports the "pinetab-dev" and the Early Adopters versions of the PineTab.

The latest images can be downloaded here, or you can refer to the PineTab wiki page for installation instructions.

Arch Linux ARM

Archlinux-logo.png Arch Linux ARM with Phosh as the UI selection, maintained by the DanctNIX community.

The latest image can be downloaded here

Manjaro ARM

Manjaro-logo.svg The first Manjaro ARM image confirmed to be working on Early Adopters PineTab can be downloaded here, ref forum thread.

Older Manjaro images with several different environments, including Phosh and Plasma, but not working on Early Adopters PineTab can be downloaded here

Mobian

Debian-logo.png Mobian is a project providing Debian images for mobile devices.

PineTab images can be downloaded here. Password is 1234

Installation instructions

For instructions on how to install the operating systems to the eMMC or microSD card see PinePhone Installation Instructions. The information is almost the same for the PineTab, as it is a very similar device. Do not try to use the PinePhone images though, use the PineTab images linked above.

Testing

To test an OS, just flash its image onto an microSD card, plug it into PineTab, and reboot. Note that USB stick won't work. Also note that you need to "flash", not just copy the file onto the card. Also remember that you need to unpack image file if it's packed!

You can do it using Ubuntu Touch installed on the PineTab! For now, only Mobian is supported by the guide below.

  • First, make sure you have enough free disk space and empty Downloads directory on the PineTab (while not strictly necessary, empty Downloads dir will simplify your typing. You can just move all files from there to another directory).
  • Turn off Sleep when idle in the settings. Settings > Battery > Sleep when idle: Never
  • Go to the Mobian link above and download compressed image (the one ending with .img.gz) - usual recommendation is to download latest, i.e. lowest one.
  • Open terminal and type this in it:
 cd Downloads
 ls
  • It should show you the name of the file you've just downloaded
  • This file is compressed, so first you need to uncompress it. Type this into terminal:
 gunzip *.gz && echo done
  • This command will take some time (you won't see any progress until it's done). It either will succeed (and print "done") and fail (and print why).
  • Now, let's have a look at disks. Type this into terminal:
 lsblk
  • It should show you a tree of disks and their partitions. If you don't have microSD card inserted yet, all of them begin with mmcblk2. Also, some of them have something in the "MOUNTPOINT" column
  • Insert microSD card into PineTab. Note that all information on it will be deleted, so don't insert one with valuable information on it!
  • type `lsblk` into terminal again.
  • Note that now tree of disks has one or more new entries - starting with mmcblk0 - that's partitions of your microSD card.
  • Confirm that size of mmcblk0 is close to size of the microSD card, and all lines starting with mmcblk0 have empty "MOUNTPOINT" column.
  • now type this:
 sudo dd if=`ls` of=/dev/mmcblk0 bs=1M status=progress
  • It will take some time, depending on speed of your microSD card and size of image file
  • Now, reboot your PineTab - type this into terminal:
 sudo reboot
  • PineTab should boot from the microSD you've just flashed

Tips and tricks

Reset

If your PineTab is in unknown state or doesn't want to start. Press power button for 7-8s. It makes a sound and you know it's totally off. 3 seconds after, power button again for 2-3s and it will start to boot. - thanks @Aperricio on IRC for this hint

Display rotated 90° on Arch ARM

With the following command you can turn the display to landscape:

  • echo 1 | sudo tee /sys/class/graphics/fbcon/rotate

This command does not persist a reboot.