The PineTab is a 10" tablet created by PINE64. The PineTab is similar in both form, function and underlying ARM64 architecture to the original 11.6″ Pinebook. It is powered by the same quad-core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor used in our popular PINE A64 Single Board Computer. The optional keyboard and trackpad – which doubles-up as a screen cover – effectively converts the PineTab into a petite on-the-go laptop with a touch screen functionality. It runs numerous mainline Linux distributions as well as *BSD and Android.
Superseded by PineTab2.
- Developer Edition - development version sent to roughly 100 developers. Close to the Early Adopter Edition, but with a different display panel
- Early Adopter Edition - the first hardware revision of the PineTab
- Dimensions: 11mm x 175mm x 260mm (Thickness, Width, Height)
- Weight: 575g (Tablet alone)
- Build: Plastic
- 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,
- 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)
- 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
- Speakers and Microphone
- 2.5mm OD 0.7mm ID DC Jack Power (5V 2A) Port
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,.,/)
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.
Arch Linux ARM
Unofficial Arch Linux ARM with Phosh as the UI selection, maintained by the DanctNIX community.
- The latest image can be downloaded here
Manjaro is a Linux based alternative operating system with no adverts or licensing fees, it respects user privacy and gives them full control over their hardware. The PineTab "Early Adopter" edition is currently the only device supported by Manjaro ARM.
- Images with several different environments, including Phosh and Plasma, are available for the "Dev" pre-release can be downloaded here
- Images for the Early Adopter version can be downloaded here.
Both Beta releases and weekly unstable builds for Phosh and Plasma Mobile can be found there.
Mobian is a project providing Debian images for mobile devices.
- PineTab images can be downloaded here. The password is 1234
postmarketOS extends Alpine Linux to run on smartphones and other mobile devices.
It offers various user interfaces (Phosh, Plasma Mobile, Sxmo, Plasma Desktop, Gnome 3, Kodi, XFCE4 and more). As of writing, official images are provided with Phosh and Plasma Mobile. The official images come in two flavors, either as demo image to try out postmarketOS, or with the installer.
When using the installer images (recommended), it is possible to:
- encrypt your installation
- install from the SD card to eMMC
Getting postmarketOS for the PineTab:
- Download page
- Flashing instructions
- Power users may also create their own image with the distribution's install and development tool
You can get SailfishOS on your with the flash-it script, which will write an image on a SD card. https://github.com/sailfish-on-dontbeevil/flash-it
There is a forum discussion with further information.
Many things are still broken but Bluetooth, Audio, Rotation and Keyboard are working.
The UBPorts Ubuntu Touch is what was preinstalled on the PineTab Early Adopters batch.
It can update itself in System Settings, and also a jenkins daily build can be downloaded at this updated address for the latest daily image:
The last stable builds are also listed and appear to be updated every few weeks.
It should be noted that as of 20th January the latest stable/release candidate and development builds still lacked Bluetooth, Rotation and had the same issues with online accounts etc
Online accounts access have a fix for Google accounts here https://github.com/rubencarneiro/account-plugins/releases
There are however significant updates to the original PineTab image (without the issues above)
The old image appears to be deprecated here 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.
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.
For details see the Getting started article.
Tips and tricks
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.
Power Off While Charging
When plugging your Pinetab into a charger, it automatically powers on. Use the above "Reset" instruction (holding the power button in for several seconds) to turn it off. This will allow your Pinetab to charge without being powered on.
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.
Assembly and disassembly
Be very careful here. It is not a 'pop off' cover design. Special care should be directed to AVOID anything that may appear to cause a "bend" in screen.
Gently use fingernails (or if you have one, plastic pry), starting in the very middle location for each side (saving keyboard connector latch over area (bottom side) for the very last removal step).
Work your way from the inner middle on each side, slowly. Slide gently towards the direction of each corner (saving the lifting of actual corners themselves for the second to last step)). Careful not to break thin speaker wires that line the outside of the inner case.
The very last opening piece should be the "latch over" (where the keyboard pins connect).
KEEP IN MIND: The main key here is to avoid any potential "bend" of the screen. We save the corners until after working on the middle of each side to reduce pressure on the screen.
Do not force anything. If it is not coming off with gentle effort, you are likely doing something wrong (try another side middle).
Board information, schematics and certifications
PineTab mainboard schematic:
- PineTab mainboard Released Schematic ver 1.2
- PineTab mainboard component placement ver 1.2 - Top View
- PineTab mainboard component placement ver 1.2 - Bottom View
PineTab keyboard schematic:
- PineTab keyboard and Pinebook (Pro) keyboard using same controller and from same engineering source
- PineTab Keyboard Schematic
- PineTab keyboard firmware code
- PineTab Keyboard Controller Datasheet
Datasheets for components and peripherals
Allwinner A64 SoC information:
- Allwinner A64 SoC brief introduction
- Allwinner A64 SoC Data Sheet V1.1 (Official Released Version)
- Allwinner A64 SoC User Manual V1.0 (Official Release Version)
X-Powers AXP803 PMU (Power Management Unit) information:
LPDDR3 (178 Balls) SDRAM:
- PINE64 eMMC module schematic
- PINE64 USB adapter for eMMC module V2 schematic
- PINE64 USB adapter for eMMC module PCB in JPEG
- 64GB SanDisk eMMC Datasheet
CMOS camera module information:
- OV5640 5MP CMOS Image Sensor SoC for Rear Module datasheet
- GC2145 2MP CMOS Image Sensor SoC for Front Module datasheet
LCD touch screen panel information:
- GOODiX GT9271 Capacitive Touch Controller datasheet
- PineTab GT9271 Capacitive Touch Controller configuration file
Lithium battery information:
WiFi/BT module information: