Banana Pi BPI-M4: Affordable SBC with 4K Video

By on June 17, 2019
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Banana Pi BPI-M4 is a Raspberry Pi alternative now available to purchase from online retailers such as AliExpress priced from $38. Offering slightly different features to the Raspberry Pi the Banana Pi BPI-MP4 is capable of supporting 4K video and unlike the Raspberry Pi has 8GB of eMMC flash built-in as well as a microSD card slot.

Here’s an overview of some of this little computer’s key specs:

  • Realtek RTD1395 Arm Cortex-A53 quad-core processor
  • Mali-470 MP4 graphics
  • 1GB of DDR4 memory
  • 8GB eMMC flash storage
  • 10/100 Ethernet
  • 802.11ac WiFI
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • HDMI 2.0b (4K60)
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Type-C port for power & data
  • M.2 Key E slot (PCIe 2.0 and USB 2.0 support
  • 40-pin Raspberry Pi-compatible GPIO header

The Banana Pi BPI-M4 has a 92 x 60mm footprint with a Raspberry Pi like layout and a 40-pin, RPi compatible expansion connector. The Banana Pi BPI-M4 ships with 1GB or 2GB DDR4 RAM, 8GB to 64GB eMMC, and a microSD slot. The SBC offers 4x USB host ports, a USB 2.0 Type-C port, and an HDMI port that is limited to 1080p.

SinoVoip is selling the Banana Pi BPI-M4 through AliExpress for $38 plus shipping, making it just a few dollars more expensive than the Raspberry Pi.

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