The Raspberry Pi has revolutionised the budget micro PC market, packing in some impressive computing power for a $35/£25 board. While the Raspberry Pi has already spawned some imitators, like the similarly priced Banana Pi, there’s a new kid on the block, boasting bags of processing capacity for nearly half the price.
The Orange Pi (noticing a theme yet?), priced just $15 (less than £10), measuring 3.3″ x 2.2″ and weighing only 1.3oz, runs on an Allwinner H3 ARM Cortex A7 Quad Core 1.6GHz processor, an ARM Mali-400 GPU, with 1GB DDR RAM. Squeezed on to the tiny board are two USB 2.0 ports, a USB OTG, 100M Ethernet, HDMI and AV ports, camera interface, 40 PIN headers, integrated microphone, IR sensor and even a power switch, which is a feature noticeably absent from the Raspberry Pi.
That’s not the only thing the Orange Pi has over its rival, though, as the micro PC offers 4K video playback, making the new upstart a very appealing proposition when compared to the Raspberry Pi.
The computer has no on-board storage, so relies on a microSD card of up to 64GB, and can run Ubuntu, Raspbian, Debian, and Android operating systems.
The Orange Pi is available from AliExpress and ships from China.
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