If you thought that the the Amazon Fire tablets were cheap, wait till you see this! Pine64 has started taking preorders for the PineTab, a rare occurrence of a Linux tablet, that’s priced at just $99.99 and it even works with a keyboard as a laptop replacement.
Of course, specs are modest, but for this price, what were you expecting? The PineTab tablet is based on an open source ARM64 architecture and it comes with the Ubuntu Touch OS preinstalled. PineTab also supports mainline Linux-based OSes like Manjaro Linux and GNOME 3.36. Inside the slate we find an Allwinner A64 quad core processor, together with 2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 64 GB of storage (eMMC). There’s also a 10 inch 720p IPS LCD display in the mix, plus a main 5 MP back camera and a 2 MP front shooter.
We also receive a 6000 mAh battery and there’s a bootable microSD slot and HD Digital Video Out. Connectivity-wise, we get USB 2.0 and microUSB 2.0 OTG. PineTab also lets you add extras, via an expansion adapter board. There’s LTE, LoRa, SATA SSD and more. You can place an order for it right here, for $100 and shipments will happen at the end of July. For an extra $20 you can also get a magnetically attached keyboard. Both the device and Ubuntu Touch are works in progress, so expect some bugs.