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Not much news from Android? Apple simply rehashes more powerful cameras and processors? GSMA MWC not happening till late June 2021 (usually held in Feb)? Fret not, the alt boffins have been working on convergence:

Purism Librem info
  • Designed to be both a phone and a computer
  • Just plug phone to a screen and keyboard and use it as a computer
  • Runs on PureOS: open source and fully auditable
  • Swapable modem, wifi card and battery
  • Hardware on/off switches for cameras, mic, GPS etc

F(x)tec Pro info
  • Designed to be both a phone and a computer
  • Comes with integrated, folding keyboard
  • Option to run LineageOS, Sailfish or Android
  • Dual SIM: one for work, one for play
  • Supports both Android and Linux desktop apps

Pine Phone info
  • Designed to be both a phone and a computer
  • Replaceable batteries (compatible with Samsung J7 batteries)
  • Runs on Plasma Mobile (or boot 17 different OSes from the SD)
  • Hardware on/off switches for cameras, mic, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Designed for affordability: priced at approx USD 200