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Pine Pinebook
Pinebook 11 Inch Small Clip.png
Manufacturer Pine Microsystems Inc.
Dimensions 329mm x 220mm x 23?mm (14" model), 300mm x 200mm x 23?mm (11" model)
Release Date tba
Website Pinebook product page
SoC A64 @ 1152Mhz max.
DRAM 2GiB DDR3L (Prototype) @ xxxMHz, 2GiB LPDDR3 (Production) Foresee NCLD3B2512M32 @ 533 MHz
Power DC 5V@3A 3.5mm/1.35mm barrel plug, 10Ah 3.7V 1S2P LiPo battery
LCD 14" (HB140WX1-501) - 1366x768 (TN panel), 11" (N116BGE) - 1366x768 (TN panel), 11" (LC116LF3L01) - 1920x1080 (IPS)
Video HDMI (Type C - mini)
Audio 3.5mm headset plug (4pin), HDMI, internal stereo speakers, internal microphone(s)
Network WiFi 802.11 b/g/n + BT4.0 (RTL8723cs)
Storage 16GB replaceable eMMC module (default) (HS-200), uSD slot (SDR25)
USB 1 USB2.0 Host (USB-A) via internal 4 port hub (camera, HID), 1 USB2.0 OTG/Host (USB-A)
Camera 0.3MP (640x480) front USB camera (ZC-RZ3762 / BYD BF3703)
Other 8051 based (SinoWealth SH68F83) USB HID keyboard/touchpad bridge; weight 1260g (14"), 1040g (11")

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This section explains how to most easily identify your device. For a development board, explain the name(s) printed on the board. For an android device, find out the strings as reported under settings.

On the back of the device, the following is printed:

* Prototypes
** Prototypes do not seem to have external markings besides Pine64 stickers...

The PCB has the following silkscreened on it:

* Prototypes
** Mainboard (bottom): A114-A64_V1.1 2016-08-23
** Daughterboard (top): A114-A64_USB_V1.1 2016-09-23

In android, under Settings->About Tablet, you will find:

  • Model Number: DEVICE
  • Build Number: SOC_BOARD_DEVICE_*.*

Different models

So far there are two different models based on the same PCB

  • 14inch LCD
  • 11inch LCD

Sunxi support

Current status

Give a brief overview of the current status of support under sunxi here.


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Manual build

You can build things for yourself by following our Manual build howto and by choosing from the configurations available below.


Sunxi/Legacy U-Boot

Use the MANUFACTURER_DEVICE build target.

Mainline U-Boot

Use the MANUFACTURER_DEVICE build target.

Linux Kernel

Sunxi/Legacy Kernel


Mainline kernel

Use the FAMILY-CHIP-DEVICE.dtb device-tree binary.

Tips, Tricks, Caveats

Add MANUFACTURER DEVICE specific tips, tricks, Caveats and nice to have changes here.

FEL mode

  • Prototypes

The FEL mode can be entered either via pulling the FEL tespad to GND while turning on the system (see below for Testpad location) or via a specially crafted boot0 on a microSD card.

  • Production Units

The FEL mode can be entered either by using the FEL button on the PCB while turning on the unit or via a specially crafted boot0 on a microSD card.

Power Management

The Pinebook is powered by a 3.5mm/1.35mm barrel plug, sleeve is GND, inner contact +5V. The maximum input current is 3A. The PCB contains an implementation of the standard AXP803 PMIC with a 10Ah LiPo battery attached. There is a secondary power path via the OTG-USB port... TODO: add more info, add current requirements for LCD/backlight and other components

Audio Paths

The Pinebook utilizes the internal codec of the A64 with some extra hardware in the audio paths:

  • LINEOUT via amplifiers (1W/8R) (with GPIO controlled mute, PA-SHDN = PH7) to the internal speakers
  • HP-OUT is connected to the 4-pin 3.5mm headset jack
  • MIC1 & MIC2 are used in a multiplexed scheme for either headset jack or internal microphones (TODO/check new schematics)
    • MIC1 is connected to one of the internal microphones
    • MIC2 is multiplexed between the second internal microphone (MIC2-EN=L) or the headphone jack (MIC2-EN=H)
    • GPIO to control MIC2 multiplexer: MIC2-EN = PL11

Video Paths

  • HDMI ...
  • RGB-LCD --> ANX6345 eDP bridge --> LCD ...
    • LCD/backlight is controlled via GPIOs (LCD-EN=PH6, LCD-BL-EN=PD23, LCD-RST=PD24, LCD-HPD=PL7 ) and a PWM output (LCD-PWM=PD22/PWM0)
    • LCD open/close status is detected via a hall effect sensor connected to GPIO PH10 (sensor located between the uSD card slot and headphone jack)

TODO: add more info


The RTL8723cs SDIO module is similar to the RTL8723bs used for the Pine64 Wifi/BT module... TODO: wifi mainline driver source and BT firmware loader description...

  • GPIOs
    • WL-PMU-EN = PL2
    • WL-WAKE-AP = PL3
    • BT-RST-N = PL4
    • BT-WAKE-AP = PL5
    • AP-WAKE-BT = PL6

Extra internal headers, sensors

  • Keyboard controller is a SH68F83 low speed USB microcontroller with 8051 core
  • Touchpad is connected via i2c to keyboard controller


  • Capacitive touchpanel header (provides access to I2C/TWI0, GPIOs PH4&PH8)
  • Bosch BMA223 acceleration sensor (via I2C/TWI1, default address=0x18 and GPIO-IRQ PH5)
  • Free USB port on the internal hub? (seems routed to the sdcard daughterboard, production units may have testpads, TODO: confirm)


  • Free USB port on the internal hub is routed to daughterboard connector pins 7(DP) and 8(DM)

TODO: add more info


Adding a serial port

Production Pinebook

Production Pinebooks have the serial port multiplexed with the audio jack output. See here for the pinout:

(Beware, for me it seems RX/TX are swapped, and the TIP is actually RX on my Pinebook!)

For activating the serial/UART on the audio jack on the production pinebook there seem to be two variants:

  1. Variant with a software controller GPIO, which can be activated using the "sudo" command (and "sudo" to restore back to headphones output)
  2. Variant with a hardware switch that needs to be toggled, and requires opening the back cover of the pinebook. Once opened, flip the switch located here:

Once the audio jack is configured for outputting serial/uart data, you'll be able to see boot0, uboot, linux kernel logs, ... up until you'll eventually get a login prompt. Serial settings:

115200, 8N1, no flow control

In case of a software controlled GPIO, you might have to disable the service restoring audio output, if you want the UART to remain active: $> sudo systemctl disable pinebook-headphones

Prototype Pinebook

The prototype Pinebook PCBs do not have a UART0 header, only testpads on the bottom side which requires removing the PCB and soldering some wires / breakout board to it. The production units are planned to have UART0 multiplexed on the headphone jack (TODO: describe trigger condition)

Opening the Pinebook

Opening the Pinebook is easy:

  • Remove all the screws on the bottom. Make sure to note which screws go where since they have different lengths!
  • To pull off the cover, slide a plastic/metal lid/spudger in between the cover and the laptop body, to unclip it in several locations. Start at an easy spot and work your way around the whole cover.

Locating the UART

The UART and FEL testpad locations for the prototype PCBs can bee seen in the picture, colors are as following: Green-TXD, Orange-RXD, Yellow-FEL, Black-GND. The A64 uses 3,3V CMOS signal levels, so make sure your UART adapter does not use 5V, see UART howto for more information.


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Pinebook 11.6"

Pinebook 11.6" 1080p

Pinebook 14"

Accessories and pre-production units

See also


Manufacturer images

Pine A64 Android release and Linux BSP