The dream of an open source smartphone that really runs Linux for free never really materialized. It takes many forms and suffers many setbacks in the process. Last year, however, purism Librem 5 and PINE64 Pine Phone makers both announced delivery dates, and it seems that the dream has finally come true. Librem5 didn’t get off to a bad start, and now it’s PinePhone BraveHeart, which tries to convince the world that offering Linux phones to consumers isn’t a bad idea after all.
PINE64 IS CALLED THE BRAVEHEART VERSION FOR A REASON. Although it wasn’t as original as the developer version for a few core developers and enthusiasts, the first phones were hard to prepare for end users. PINE64 posted a rather long post telling users what to expect and what not to expect, which means that if you compare it to the cheapest Android phone, you won’t expect that much.
However, it is much better than earlier development sdevelopment, with a well-sealed phone gap and the necessary warning labels. It even offers a nice screen protector. PINE64 says it won’t include a charger in the box because it doesn’t want to cause more e-waste, and it thinks most people already have a charger that can charge the phone.
The PinePhone BraveHeart version will be available to subscribers starting January 17.