PineTab Linux Tablet will have an Optional RTL-SDR Expansion Module

The PineTab is an upcoming $100 open source Ubuntu Linux Tablet being created by PINE who are known for their low cost Pine64 single board computers, Pinebook Laptop and Linux based PinePhone. The PineTab is not yet for sale, and they have just announced their intention to begin taking pre-orders in late May, and that the first production run will be a limited quantity pilot production intended only for early adopters.

What's interesting about the PineTab is that they are advertising that they are working on expansion options, with one expansion module being an RTL-SDR. It seems that the expansion module will allow cards to be inserted internally, keeping everything tidy on the outside. Apart from the RTL-SDR, they will also offer LoRa, LTE (with GPS) and sata SSD add on cards.

The standard specs of the PineTab are shown below:

  • Allwinner A64 Quad Core SOC with Mali 400 MP2 GPU
  • 10″ MiPi 720p Capacitive LCD
  • Bootable Micro SD Slot
  • 64GB of eMMC
  • microHDMI port for external HD output
  • USB 2.0 A host
  • Micro USB 2.0 OTG
  • 2Mpx front-facing camera
  • 5Mpx rear camera
  • Optional M.2 slot
  • Speakers and Microphone
  • Volume rocker and ‘home’ button
  • Magnetically attached keyboard (optional)
  • 6000mAh battery 
  • 3.5″ Barrel Power (5V 3A) Port
  • Multiple expansion boards for LTE, LoRa and SATA SSD

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And the display? Battery? I think that’s what will get you, price-wise?

Ben Dover

um that’s like a retail >59$ tablet..with Linux instead of Android installed…..ther all over scambay….


If it’s too good to be true, it probably is… there is no way in h-e-double-hockey-sticks they can produce a pad with those specs for $100…. not ex-factory… and certainly not retail. The BOM on this will greatly exceed $200, even if the parts are purchases on by the multiple-spools.


Are you sure about that? We’ve already had the $99 Pinebook and $149 Pinephone on sale for a while, based on the same hardware platform. 🙂

The Allwinner A64 SoC is about $5 per unit, and the tablet casing is reused from existing designs. That reduces cost a lot.