Pine64 PineNote: One of the best e-books with 60 Hz E Ink screen, stylus and Linux support

Pine64, which has been selling single-board computers for a long time, as well as PinePhone and PineBook Pro, entered the e-book market with the announcement of PineNote. This is a Linux-based e-book with stylus support for $ 399.

The developers say that they planned to release the e-book back in 2017, but even if they sold the device at cost or at a loss, they still would not be able to compete in price with the devices of large companies.

Fortunately, the technological landscape and e-ink technologies have changed significantly since 2017. Since the announcement of Rockchip RK3566, we knew that it was possible to create such a device. Earlier this year, we made the decision to create PineNote. - Pine64

The developers claim that PineNote is one of the best devices with an E Ink screen, Rockchip RK3566 SoC, 4GB RAM, 128GB eMMC flash, dual microphones, dual speakers, USB-C port for charging and data transfer, and dual-band Wi-Fi. The device will be just over 7mm thick, beating the Kindle Oasis 3 (8.4mm) and the Nook GlowLight Plus (8.6mm).

The screen has a diagonal of 10.1 inches, an aspect ratio of 3: 4, and a resolution of 1404 x 1872 pixels. Pine64 claims that it can display 16 levels of grayscale with a 60Hz refresh rate. There will also be backlighting with adjustable colors (from cool white to warm amber). The 60 Hz screen of the device will be smoother than other e-reader screens.

PineNote will come with a custom Linux kernel out of the box. The interface will be either KDE Plasma or Plasma Mobile. This should allow it to run any software compiled for ARM Linux and possibly Android apps via Anbox or WayDroid.

Pine64 will offer EMR styluses and magnetic sleeves for PineNote, but the eBook will support any Wacom EMR pen. Deliveries will begin this year.

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