The $200 convergence package PinePhone bumps up these specs with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC flash storage, and for the convergence side of things, it includes a USB-C dock for connecting displays, a keyboard and other peripherals.
The convergence package ships with Alpine Linux-based postmarketOS. The chipset is an Allwinner A64 with a 64-bit quad-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A-53 CPU and Mali-400MP2 GPU. Unlike most smartphones these days, the battery is removable.
The phone features a 5.95-inch screen with a resolution of 1440×720 pixels at an 18:9 ratio.
The USB-C docking bar includes two USB Type-A host ports, digital video port, and 10/100Mbps Ethernet port. It's not pretty, but it appears to let you open websites from a browser on the phone and view the phone's home screen, according to Pine64's video. Although it ships with postmarketOS, it can be installed with Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish OS and Plasma Mobile.
The idea of using a smartphone to power a desktop has been around for a while (including the idea of converged Linux devices) but mostly these have failed to take off, and Pine64 itself seems reasonably cautious about the project.
"We presently do not know whether the Convergence Package will become a permanent option, something we'll do on occasion or simply a one-off (although the last option is unlikely). It obviously largely depends on people's response to this PinePhone variant and how much demand we see for it," Pine64 contributor Lukasz Erecinski said.