If you were plucky enough to pre-order a PinePhone Brave Heart edition last month you may be interested to know that devices start shipping from January 17, 2020.
Yes, this week!
Pine64’s Lukasz Erecinski shares the date in the company’s latest monthly update, explaining: “We’re now ready […] to confirm that PinePhones will begin shipping …on January 17th 2020. The dispatch process will take a couple of days, however, so your unit may ship on the 20th or 25th. At any rate, you’ll have your PinePhone soon”.
The handsets are being shipped through a company called Asendia who, Erecinski says, offer a good balance of shipping times (important to buyers) and cost (important to Pine64, who don’t exactly make huge profits all on this tech).
The PinePhone itself comes housed in a stylishly designed presentation box (made of recycled material, no less). The box contains the phone (with plastic screen protector pre-applied), a USB Type-C charging cable, and a small “introductory leaflet”.
No plug (I’m not sure what the American term for this is) is included, so you’ll need to use one you already have or buy one especially should you not have one. You can, naturally, charge from a computer port too.
Do remember that the PinePhone Brave Heart models are OS-less, i.e. no operating system is preinstalled. You will need to download one and pop it on an SD card for booting.
You’ll find lots of links to development builds over on the Pine64 forum, but I’ll be posting articles related to this once I receive mine.
If you’re holding off buying a PinePhone until the final “consumer ready” models you’ll be interested to know that the PinePhone is expected to go on sale in March.
This date may slip if none of the (multiple) Linux phone OSes being crafted for the device are consider ready enough to ship by default.