Last month, pre-orders for the PineTab pilot batch went live and sold out within three days. Based on the PINE64 June blog, if you have ordered PineTab, you will be expecting its shipment to begin in the last week of July.
Unfortunately, according to the latest PineTab update, the shipping date has been extended further by a week. As Lukasz Erecinski from PINE64 says, the cause of the delay is the decision to change the LCD panel driver, which is about to reach its end-of-life (EOL).
Therefore, PineTab manufacturing is still underway, and fully assembled tablets will be dispatched from the production line around 6 or 7 August. Based on the new timeline, PineTab shipments will begin in mid-August (most probably between 17-21 August).
The delay is worthwhile as the hardware will be more refined for the early adopter. For software, the default Ubuntu Touch OS already supports Over-The-Air (OTA) updates.
If you want to know everything about PineTab, read our article that contains full technical and hardware details. For a quick overview, here I’m listing the key specifications of PineTab:
- Allwinner A64 Quad Core System on chip (SoC)
- 2GB LPDDR3 RAM and 64GB eMMC
- 10-inch 720p Capacitive LCD
- 2MP front and 5MP rear camera
- 6000mAh battery
- Bootable micro SD Slot and HD Digital Video Out
- USB 2.0 and Micro USB 2.0 OTG
- Magnetically attached keyboard (optional)
- Support for the expansion adapter board
If you missed the first batch of PineTab pre-orders, you still have to wait until the next production starts in the immediate future. To get a notification, you can keep following Pine Store, Pine64 forum, Twitter, and Fossbytes.