PINE64 has announced its next PinePhone CE edition that will officially feature Arch-based Manjaro Linux operating system, with two hardware variants, namely: Regular and Convergence Package.
While PinePhone Community Edition (CE) will also include the same PCB (Printed Circuit Board) version 1.2, as the earlier released Community Edition (CE) of Linux-based PinePhone with Ubuntu Touch and postmarketOS.
As Manjaro supports almost all of PINE64 Single-board computers (SBCs) and mobile devices such as PinePhone, Pinebook Pro and PineTab, also PinePhone CE will come bundled with the user-friendly Arch-based Manjaro ARM rolling distribution.
How Manjaro will work on PinePhone Community Edition
The Manjaro team are already working to provide out-of-the-box support for the following mobile user interfaces, namely: Purism’s Phosh, UBport’s Lomiri, and KDE-based Plasma mobile. And expectedly, they will announce which one of these UIs will be bundled with the PinePhone CE.
Albeit, the latest alpha build includes a new mobile user interface, known as Manjaro ARM wallpaper, and a couple of applications; also there is a new layout using extlinux.conf partition as a configuration file.
The new Manjaro ARM alpha images are based on unstable branch of Manjaro Linux and runs the latest Linux 5.5 kernel from PINE64. And PinePhone with Manjaro will be arriving in a custom box designed by Manjaro’s team and also with a Manjaro brand logo at the back cover.
When the PinePhone Manjaro CE will become Available
The pre-orders of Arch-based Manjaro PinePhone CE will commence in mid-September, and then, you can be able to place an order for the PinePhone Community Edition from the official PINE Store.
PinePhone CE will be available in two hardware configurations, and priced as follows: $149 — 2GB RAM; 16GB eMMC, and $199 — 3GB RAM; 32GB eMMC (including a bundled USB-C dock). So if you're a Linux fan and PinePhone user, you would definitely want to try out the latest device with Manjaro ARM build.