If you are a Linux enthusiast you surely know the PinePhone, a mobile that works with Linux instead of Android. It is not crazy, considering that Android itself is based on Linux. Its creators, Pine64, have released a special version of this mobile with Linux, which now works like a PC.
His very long name, PINEPHONE Community Edition: PostmarketOS With Convergence Package, comes to say that it is an experimental version intended for the Linux community, since some functions are even in alpha phase.
This PinePhone It has more memory and storage than the standard model, to be able to function as a PC, and also includes a hub that adds an HDMI connector, an Ethernet port and two USB 2.0 ports to connect the keyboard and mouse:
The only thing to do is connect the mobile to the hub, connect a keyboard and a mouse, the monitor to the HDMI port, and voila. A brand new Linux PC, fully operational.
The operating system it uses is the distro PostmarketOS, which is a complete version of Linux with a PC mode and a mobile mode that includes call apps, messages, and other functions typical of a mobile.
As we can see in this video, the entire connection process is very simple, and although it is not the most powerful PC in the world, it is enough to access websites, run simple programs, but mainly to program or edit code or text.
The hardware is very basic, but sufficient. The phone has a 5.95-inch IPS screen with 720p resolution, 1.2 GHz 4-core processor, Mali 400MP2 GPU, 3 GB of memory and 32 GB of expandable storage.
It also has two cameras of 5 and 2 MP, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi b / g / n, GPS, and other typical functions of a cheap mobile.
The dock to turn it into a PC includes an HDMI connector, two USB 2.0 ports, and a 100 Mbps Ethernet port.
The best of all, is undoubtedly the price. The PINEPHONE Community Edition: PostmarketOS With Convergence Package with the included hub, only costs $ 199.99. You can buy it on the Pine64 website.