PINE64 PinePhone Pro (pine64-pinephonepro)

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PINE64 PinePhone Pro
A PinePhone Pro running Plasma Mobile
A PinePhone Pro running Plasma Mobile
Manufacturer PINE64
Name PinePhone Pro
Codename pine64-pinephonepro
Released 2021
Category testing
Original software postmarketOS
postmarketOS kernel 5.16
Hardware
Chipset Rockchip rk3399s
CPU 4x 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 2x 2Ghz Cortex-A72
GPU Mali-T860 MP4
Display 720x1440 IPS
Storage 128 GB
Memory 4 GB
Architecture aarch64
Non-Android based device
Unixbench Whet/Dhry score 2304.8
Features
USB Networking
Works
Flashing
Unavailable
Touchscreen
Works
Display
Works
WiFi
Works
Xwayland
Works
FDE
Works
Mainline
Works
Battery
Partial
3D Acceleration
Works
Audio
Works
Bluetooth
Works
Camera
Broken
GPS
Works
Mobile data
Works
SMS
Works
Calls
Broken
USB OTG
Broken
NFC
Unavailable
Sensors
Accelerometer
Works
Magnetometer
Ambient Light
Proximity
Hall Effect
Misc
Ir TX
TrustZone



The PinePhone Pro is the second version of the PinePhone, adding in an rk3399 SoC just like the other Pro-series products from PINE64. If you have a Developer Edition, make sure to read PINE64 PinePhone Pro Development.

Contributors

Users owning this device


Installing Tow-Boot on the SPI

Since 2022-03, the supported way to run postmarketOS on the PinePhone Pro is with Tow-Boot flashed to the SPI. See this post for reasoning. Once installed, the plan is to upgrade Tow-Boot from within postmarketOS (and other distributions) through fwupd, though that is not yet implemented.

Explorer Edition / Development Edition

While we expect that future revisions of the PinePhone Pro will come with Tow-Boot pre-installed, you will need to install it yourself for the Explorer Edition and Development Edition.

Download the latest Tow-Boot release for the PinePhone Pro from the releases page, then follow the "Installing to SPI" instructions in the official manual.

If you have the Developer Edition, one way to get it to boot from SD card in order to install Tow-Boot is nuking the factory AOSP installation.

Installing postmarketOS

Since this device is not in the community category yet, we do not yet offer pre-built postmarketOS images for it. The recommended way is installing through pmbootstrap.

eMMC

Note Only Tow-Boot on the SPI is supported! If you installed Tow-Boot in "shared storage mode", you will overwrite it here and render your phone unbootable!

Run lsblk on your PC to see available storage devices. Connect your PinePhone Pro to your PC with an USB cable. Turn it on, and wait until Tow-Boot lets the phone vibrate for the first time. Press the volume up button, until shortly after it vibrated for the second time. The LED color will change to blue, indicating that it is now in USB Mass Storage mode.

Run lsblk again and note which device appeared, this is the eMMC of your PinePhone Pro. Now perform the same installation steps as for SD card below, but specify the path to your PinePhone's eMMC as --sdcard. When done, hold the power button for 5 seconds. The PinePhone Pro should reboot into the postmarketOS installation (without pressing a volume button during boot, eMMC is default).

SD card

Note FDE might be broken currently with the PinePhone Pro, see pmaports#1477. Further investigation and help with fixing welcome, it's probably something trivial.
$ pmbootstrap init # vendor: pine64, device: pinephonepro
$ pmbootstrap install --sdcard=/dev/mmcblk...  # add --fde for full disk encryption

After that, unplug the microSD card from your PC, put it in your PinePhone Pro. Turn it on, and wait until Tow-Boot lets the phone vibrate for the first time. Press the volume down button, until shortly after it vibrated for the second time. The LED color will change to aqua, and stay in this color for a few more seconds with a black screen. Then the postmarketOS loading screen should boot up. If the LED is blinking, then boot from SD failed.

Serial console

The PinePhone Pro has the standard PINE64 serial port in the headphone connector, it's activated by the 6th contact on the DIP switch. If the switch is on then the headphone connector is in audio mode, if it's off then it's in UART mode.

The uart is 1500000n8

The pinout for the serial connector on the headphone jack is:

  • Tip: RX
  • Ring: TX
  • Sleeve: GND

The serial connection is 3.3V

You can also buy the debug cable from PINE64 Store. The store cable uses a 4 ring plug, as seen in the PDF, but a 3 ring plug works just as well.

Hardware switches

There's a 6 contact DIP switch on the back of the phone underneath the back cover. The 6 switches are for enabling/disabling hardware components. The switch has tiny numbers 1-6 beneath the contacts, moving the contact up sets that contact on.

# Off On
1 Modem disabled Modem enabled
2 Wifi/BT disabled Wifi/BT enabled
3 Microphone disabled Microphone enabled
4 Rear camera disabled Rear camera enabled
5 Front camera disabled Front camera enabled
6 Headphone UART mode Headphone audio mode

Expansion port

There is a 2x3 grid of pogo pins on the back of the PinePhone for connecting a back cover with extra hardware like an extended battery case or a keyboard case. The pinout for this connector:

Interrupt SDA SCL
5V / VBUS VBAT GND

The VBUS pin is powered by USB and is 5V. The second power pin is VBAT, which connects to the battery voltage. The I2C and interrupt lines have pull-ups on the phone side. The I2C lines are pulled up to 3V3 by the phone.

Components

Component Model Driver
Touchscreen Goodix GT917S TOUCHSCREEN_GOODIX
Rear camera IMX 258 CONFIG_VIDEO_IMX258
Camera flash Awinic AW3641EDNR ?
Front camera OmniVision OV8858 ?
LCD Himax HX8394 compatible CONFIG_DRM_PANEL_SITRONIX_ST7703
WiFi Ampak AP6335 CONFIG_B43_SDIO
Bluetooth Ampak AP6335 ?
Modem Quectel EC25-G USB_NET_QMI_WWAN
GNSS/GPS Quectel EC25-G CONFIG_USB_SERIAL_OPTION
Notification LED LED0603RGB LEDS_GPIO

See also