- Jan 10, 2019
Looks thick. Resembles Psion keyboard. I like it
Yeah, it looks like a great form factor for me, although I'm not sure how practical it would be for actual daily use. Both parts need to be charged separately, and I feel it might be awkward when combined with touch / mouse control (these are also problems that aren't applicable to Pyra) - issues really stemming from an add-on feature that's not really integral to the original design.
That being said, I'm looking forward to, hopefully, getting one. Will be a fun toy at least.
The wireless charger is a separate case/project, I thought...I thought they were planning a revision of the keyboard case to include a wireless charging coil such that you could wirelessly recharge both the keyboard and the phone at the same time?
The Qi wireless charging cover, on the other hand, should just work as soon as it’s available, since it doesn’t require any special software. Just pop off the standard cover, attach the wireless charging cover and you should be able to charge the PinePhone by placing it on any charger that supports the Qi standard.
Ah yeah that’s right. Seems a bit silly not to include a Qi charging coil in the keyboard case though, particularly if its current design is inconvenient for recharging either the phone or the keyboard... :S Thanks for the website link, I hadn’t come across linuxsmartphones.com before!The wireless charger is a separate case/project, I thought...
The $150 smartphone designed to run Linux-based operating systems could pick up new features thanks to a series of swappable back covers that add support for Qi wireless charging, NFC, or even a physical keyboard.linuxsmartphones.com
.....early feedback from the community indicated that many people would be interested in incorporating additional functionality into the keyboard. As a result of this, there is now a breakout header on the keyboard’s PCB, which will allow you to add LoRa and Qi wireless charging, and potentially also other peripherals in the future. However, due to the limited internal space inside the chassis, this will require soldering and as such is more of a nod towards hardware hackers rather than an end-user feature. In other words, we’re making it easy to add the functionality for those who are up-to-the-task.
....The first topic of the month’s agenda is the PinePhone keyboard, which I know many of you are eagerly awaiting. Those of you who read previous community update blog entries will already know that we created two prototype iterations and have been ironing out existing issues these past 3 months. We’re now at a stage where we incorporated most, if not all, developer feedback concerning the keyboard’s electronics, chassis (including fit and finish refinements) and fine-tuned the membrane responsible for the feel of keystrokes. There is now also a fully open firmware for the keyboard thanks to Megi, which I am happy to report will ship with the keyboard by default. As you can probably tell from the above, we’re very close to being production-ready. However, since we recognize the importance of this peripheral, we therefore also want to get it right from the get-go, and have decided to create a final set of pre-production review units (they ought to ship out in less than 2 weeks time).This will allow for any last-minute tweaks ot the end product if need be. Granted everything goes according to plan and no issues are found with these final pre-production units, we will start production immediately after receiving a green light from developers.............
recharge both the keyboard and the phone at the same time?
Looks like it will be - only - possible to recharge both the keyboard *and* the PinePhone at the same time, via the keyboard’s USB-C port:Ah yeah that’s right. Seems a bit silly not to include a Qi charging coil in the keyboard case though, particularly if its current design is inconvenient for recharging either the phone or the keyboard... :S Thanks for the website link, I hadn’t come across linuxsmartphones.com before!
I know many of you are waiting for news about the PinePhone/PinePhone Pro keyboard and add-on cases. Due to the PinePhone Pro’s launch, and all the preparations which lead up to today, I’ve had very little time to keep track of hardware and software developments. All I know is that the keyboard has finally entered production. I’ll take the next week or so to catch up on everything and write a concise follow-up blog post that will hopefully answer all your questions. I’ll also make sure to query developers about any major developments that have taken place in the past month. Keep an eye out for the post around October 30th