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PineNote is an E-ink Device Based on the RK3566 Quartz64 SBC for $399

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Our main area of interest was Single Board Computers based on Rockchip RK3566 SoC, for example Firefly’s RK3566 devices. Additionally, you had the opportunity to meet RK3566 Android TV Boxes. However, we have something completely different for you today. PineNote tablet from Pine64, is a high-end e-ink device based on the powerful RK3566 Quartz64 single board computer.

PineNote E-Ink tablet with RK3566 Quartz64 single board computer

Certainly, at first glance, the upcoming PineNote looks like an eReader and it will also perform this functionality. However, thanks to the efficient Quartz64 SBC powered by the RK3566 SoC, it will be a full-fledged tablet with an E-ink display.

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As for the E-ink panel, which is indisputably the most important part of the device. The 10.3-inch, 3:4 panel has a resolution of 1404×1872 (227 DPI), can display 16 levels of grayscale. It features a frontlight with cool (white) to warm (amber) light adjustment. What this means in practice is that you can illuminate the panel in dim or dark spaces to your liking. Additionally, the E-ink panel is covered by scratch resistant and glare reducing hardened glass. The entire assembly comes in at just over 7mm thick, which is approx. 1mm thinner than the Kindle Oasis 3, if you ever held one of those.

PineNote features of the specification

When it comes to the heart of the PineNote tablet, the RK3566 SoC AI chipset, which offers many possibilities. Rockchip RK3566 SoC (Quad-core 64-bit Cortex-A55, 22nm lithography process, frequency up to 1.8GHz) has three co-processors integrated. Dual-core GPU, high-performance VPU, and high-efficiency NPU. 

Besides, this E-ink eReader / tablet will come with 4GB LPDDR4 and 128GB eMMC. The PineNote is also fitted with two microphones and two speakers, a USB-C port for fast charging and data, as well as Dual band 2.4/5GHz WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth: 5.0.

The inner frame – the midsection – of the PineNote is made out of a magnesium alloy (similar to the Pinebook Pros outer chassis), making for a sturdy construction, while the back features a pleasantly ‘grippy’ plastic back cover with speaker cut-outs.

PineNote case with pen
PineNote Pen

That’s not all, the device will also arrive with additional accessories. The early adopter’s PineNote batch will ship with a magnetic cover (working with an on-board hall sensor, putting the device to sleep) as well as the EMR pen. Following the early adopter’s batch, both the cover and the pen will be sold separately. 

PineNote E-Ink tablet with RK3566 Quartz64 single board computer

Availability and price

It will not be cheap. Te upcoming PineNote will sell for $399. As Brad Linder from Liliputing put it well, “making it one of Pine64’s most expensive devices yet”. More details here.

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