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Introductory priceUS$15 to $29
Operating systemArmbian
System-on-chip usedAllwinner A64
CPU1.152 GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53
Memory0.5, 1, or 2GB
StorageMicroSD slot
GraphicsMali-400 MP2
PowerDC 5V @ 2A, 3.7V

Pine64 is a family of single-board computers, the name of the Chinese company[citation needed] that produces them, and an associated community of developers.[1] The firm's first single-board computer, the Pine A64, was designed to compete with the Raspberry Pi in both power and price. Its name descends from the constants pi and e.[citation needed] The A64 was first funded through a Kickstarter crowdfunding drive in December 2015,[2] where the company raised over $1.4 million.[3]

Pine64 Inc.[edit]

Pine64 Inc. was co-founded by Johnson Jeng.[2]


The pine64 computer was initially released in three feature variations in 2016.[4][5] While the 512 MB model only works with Arch Linux and Debian Linux distributions, the models with more memory can run distributions including Android, Remix OS, Windows 10,[6] FreeBSD,[7] and Ubuntu.[8]

Pine64 Inc. also created the Pinebook, a Netbook using the Allwinner A64 SoC, that was notably used by KDE team to improve Plasma on ARM desktops[9].

Pre-release comments in Make wrote that the A64's closest analog was two to three times the A64's price,[10] and that the A64 continued the Raspberry Pi's trend of breaking barriers for engineers.[11]

In a review of final hardware by, the reviewer was surprised at his ability to have the full, albeit slow, Mate desktop environment at the A64's price.[8] Phoronix's benchmarks indicated similar CPU performance to a Raspberry Pi 3.[12] However, a review by Hackaday noted problems with production quality, software, and user support.[13]


As of 2019, Pine64 was working on a GNU/Linux smartphone, using a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 64-Bit System on a chip (SoC). The aim was for the phone to be compatible with any mainline Linux kernel and to "support existing and well established Linux-on-Phone projects", as a community developed smartphone.[14]

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  1. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Pine64. 2019. Archived from the original on June 16, 2019. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Brian, Matt (December 9, 2015). "PINE A64 is a $15, 'high-performance' take on the Raspberry Pi". Engadget. Archived from the original on June 11, 2019. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Matney, Lucas (January 21, 2016). "The Pine A64 Is A $15 PC With Endless Possibilities". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Shah, Agam (March 15, 2016). "The $15 Pine 64, a Raspberry Pi 3 competitor, finally ships". Computerworld. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  5. ^ Shah, Agam (March 15, 2016). "Meet the Raspberry Pi's new rival: The $15 Pine 64 finally ships with 4K video support". PCWorld. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "Microsoft Azure IoT Device Catalog". Microsoft Azure. October 16, 2016. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  7. ^ Obuch, Milan (February 20, 2017). "FreeBSD on Pine64 experience". Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Bhartiya, Swapnil (August 9, 2016). "Build a $20 Computer with PINE64". Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  9. ^ Riddell, Jonathan (August 22, 2018). "KDE Plasma on ARM Laptop Pinebook".
  10. ^ Scheltema, David (December 9, 2015). "The $15 PINE64 Just Launched on Kickstarter, and it's Already Funded". Make. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  11. ^ Epstein, Zach (December 9, 2015). "Meet Pine A64, a 64-bit quad-core supercomputer that costs just $15". BGR. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  12. ^ Larabel, Michael (December 26, 2016). "Benchmarking The Low-Cost PINE 64+ ARM Single Board Computer". Phoronix. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  13. ^ Benchoff, Brian (April 21, 2016). "PINE64: THE UN-REVIEW". Hackaday. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  14. ^ "An Open Source Smart Phone Supported by All Major Linux Phone Projects". Pine64. 2019. Archived from the original on June 16, 2019. Retrieved June 16, 2019.

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