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{{warning|1=IMPORTANT INFORMATION for '''Early Adopters''' - please [[PineTab/Early-Adopter|'''CLICK HERE''']] - some '''known issues''' are listed there}}
The PineTab is a 10" tablet created by Pine64. <br>

The PineTab is a 10" tablet created by Pine64.

== Specifications ==
== 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 <br>
* '''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

'''Dimensions:''' 11mm x 17.5mm x 26mm (Thickness, Width, Height) <br>
== Keyboard ==
'''Weight:''' N/A <br>
'''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.
'''Build:''' Plastic <br>
'''Storage:''' M.2 slot (optional), bootable MicroSD slot, 64GB of internal eMMC storage <br>
'''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,.,/)
'''Cameras:''' 2Mpx Front, 5Mpx Rear <br>
'''CPU:''' Allwinner A64 Quad Core <br>
'''GPU:''' Mali 400 MP2 <br>
* "pinetab-dev": development version sent to ~100 developers. This one is like the Early Adopter version, but has a different display panel.
'''RAM:''' 2GB LPDDR3 <br>
* [[PineTab/Early-Adopter|Early Adopter]]: the first hardware revision of the PineTab, which shipped to customers.
'''I/O:''' HD Video Out (Mini HDMI), Micro USB 2.0 OTG, USB 2.0 A host, 3.5mm Headphone/Mic combo, <br>
'''Screen:''' 10.1" IPS 800x1280 Capacitive LCD <br>
[[File:PineTabBoard.jpeg|400px|thumb|right|The insides of the PineTab]]
'''Attachments/Accessories:''' Magnetically attached keyboard (optional) <br>
'''Battery:''' 6000MAh (4.5Ah) <br>
[[File:IMG_20220124_194521.jpg|thumb|right|Pinetab Board]]
'''Misc. features:''' <br> Volume rocker and home button <br> Speakers and Microphone <br> 2.5mm OD Power (5V 3A) Port <br>
== PineTab board information, schematics and certifications ==
* PineTab mainboard schematic:
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/PineTab/PineTab%20Schematic%20v1.2-20191125.pdf PineTab mainboard Released Schematic ver 1.2]
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/PineTab/PineTab%20Board%20View%20v1.2-20191201-top.pdf PineTab mainboard component placement ver 1.2 - Top View]
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/PineTab/PineTab%20Board%20View%20v1.2-20191201-bottom.pdf 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
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/PineTab/Pinetab%20HB092A%20Keyboard%20Schematic.pdf PineTab Keyboard Schematic]
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/PineTab/HB092_0884232458_Hynitron_PTP_20200514_662905_Linux_US_BackLight_CRC_175057F5.hex PineTab keyboard firmware code]
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/PineTab/SH68F83V2.0.pdf PineTab Keyboard Controller Datasheet]
* PineTab certifications:
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/cert/PineTab%20FCC-SDOC%20Certificate-S20060600404001.pdf PineTab FCC Certificate]
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/cert/PineTab%20CE-RED%20Certificate-S20060600403.pdf PineTab CE RED Certificate]
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/cert/PINETAB%20ROHS%20TEST%20REPORT.pdf PineTab ROHS Test Report]
== Datasheets for components and peripherals ==
* Allwinner A64 SoC information:
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/datasheet/pine64/A64%20brief%20v1.0%2020150323.pdf Allwinner A64 SoC brief introduction]
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/datasheet/pine64/A64_Datasheet_V1.1.pdf Allwinner A64 SoC Data Sheet V1.1 (Official Released Version)]
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/datasheet/pine64/Allwinner_A64_User_Manual_V1.0.pdf Allwinner A64 SoC User Manual V1.0 (Official Release Version)]
* X-Powers AXP803 PMU (Power Management Unit) information:
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/datasheet/pine64/AXP803_Datasheet_V1.0.pdf AXP803 PMIC datasheet]
* LPDDR3 (178 Balls) SDRAM:
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/datasheet/pinephone/ATL3A1632H12A_mobile_lpddr3_11x11.5_v1.0_1600.pdf Artmem LPDDR3 datasheet]
* eMMC information:
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/rock64/PINE64_eMMC_Module_20170719.pdf PINE64 eMMC module schematic]
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/rock64/usb%20emmc%20module%20adapter%20v2.pdf PINE64 USB adapter for eMMC module V2 schematic]
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/rock64/USB%20adapter%20for%20eMMC%20module%20PCB.tar PINE64 USB adapter for eMMC module PCB in JPEG]
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/datasheet/pine64/SDINADF4-16-128GB-H%20data%20sheet%20v1.13.pdf 64GB SanDisk eMMC Datasheet]
* CMOS camera module information:
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/datasheet/pinephone/OV5640_datasheet.pdf OV5640 5MP CMOS Image Sensor SoC for Rear Module datasheet]
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/datasheet/pinephone/GC2145%20CSP%20DataSheet%20release%20V1.0_20131201.pdf GC2145 2MP CMOS Image Sensor SoC for Front Module datasheet]
* LCD touch screen panel information:
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/datasheet/pinetab/GT9271.pdf GOODiX GT9271 Capacitive Touch Controller datasheet]
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/datasheet/pinetab/GT9271_Config_20200818_142030_V66.cfg PineTab GT9271 Capacitive Touch Controller configuration file]
* Lithium battery information:
* WiFi/BT module information:
** [https://files.pine64.org/doc/datasheet/pine64/RTL8723BS.pdf RTL8723BS/RTL8723CS specification]
== 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.

== Keyboard ==
=== UBPorts ===
'''Overview:''' <br> The PinePad 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. <br>
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
[https://ci.ubports.com/job/rootfs/job/rootfs-pinetab/ 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 extends [https://www.alpinelinux.org/ 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, ...). 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:
* [https://postmarketos.org/download/ Download page]
* [https://wiki.postmarketos.org/wiki/PINE64_PineTab_(pine64-pinetab)#Installation Flashing instructions]
* Power users may also create their own image with the distribution's install and development tool <code>pmbootstrap</code>
=== Arch Linux ARM ===
Arch Linux ARM with Phosh as the UI selection, maintained by the DanctNIX community.
The latest image can be downloaded [https://github.com/dreemurrs-embedded/Pine64-Arch/releases here]
=== Manjaro ARM ===
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 [https://osdn.net/projects/manjaro-arm/storage/pinetab/ here]
Images for the Early Adopter version can be downloaded [https://github.com/manjaro-arm/pinetab-images/releases here].
Both Beta releases and weekly unstable builds for Phosh and Plasma Mobile can be found there.
=== Mobian ===
Mobian is a project providing Debian images for mobile devices.
PineTab images can be downloaded [https://images.mobian.org/pinetab/ here]. Password is '''1234'''
=== Sailfish OS ===
[[File:SailfishOS logo.png|100px]]
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.
== 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
* 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:
* 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.
=== 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.
=== Opening Pinetab ===
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).
== External Links ==
* [https://pine64.com/product/pinetab-10-1-linux-tablet/ The PineTab on the Pine64 store]
* [https://forum.pine64.org/forumdisplay.php?fid=140 The PineTab section of the Pine64 forums]
* [https://forum.pine64.org/showthread.php?tid=11401 Comments on back cover removal on forums]
* [https://forum.pine64.org/showthread.php?tid=13118 Demonstration Video: Pinetab back cover removal on forums]

'''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,.,/) <br>
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