Two years after officially announcing it , PINE64 has launched the PineTime, its smartwatch forjust $30.
Looking at the price, it is obvious that this is not a competitor to the popular Apple Watch, but a product that is targeted by FLOSS and Linux enthusiasts. On the other hand, the PineTime has been designed to complement the PinePhone , possibly the flagship product of PINE64 alongside the PineBook Pro .
The PineTime incorporates the firmwarein a “pre-flashed” way and its characteristics are a body of 37.5 x 40 x 11 millimeters and a weight of 38 grams built with zinc alloy and plastic; an IPS touch screen of a size of 1.3 inches, resolution of 240 × 240 pixels and capable of supporting 65,000 colors; and the SoC is a NORDIC nRF52832 semiconductor with a 64MHz ARM Cortex-M4F core.
The smartwatch in question has a Flash memory of 512KB along with an additional 4MB and 64KB of RAM . For the connection it is supported by Bluetooth 5 with low consumption support and in terms of features it includes an accelerometer, PPG heart rate sensor and vibrator. The battery is 170-180mAh LiPo type and for charging it uses a private 2-pin, 5-volt charger at 500 milliamps via USB Type-A interface.
From PINE64 they warn that ” development on a sealed device is more difficult, mainly because there is no access to the low-level debugging interface that allows you to recover from errors ” . They have also made it clear that both the company and the Pine Store are not responsible for devices broken by the process flashing firmware , so great care must be taken when handling the PineTime.
Looking at its characteristics, it is clear that we are facing a product aimed at covering a very specific niche, more so seeing its obvious limitations. Those interested in PineTime can check out the features and purchase it through the(now at the discounted price of $ 26.99). We leave you with a video of the InfiniTime firmware.