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NanoPi M4: the most affordable Rockchip RK3399 based SBC
The NanoPi M4 is designed for applications including machine learning, AI, deep learning, robots, industrial control, industrial cameras, advertisement machines, game machines, and blockchain. Like FriendlyElec’s other Linux-friendly NanoPi and NanoPC boards, the board ships with open specifications.
The new NanoPi M4 features a Raspberry Pi-like 85 x 56mm footprint and a low $75 price for the 2GB version ($65 if you manage to get one of the first 300 boards). The 4GB version costs $105, or $95 early bird. Meanwhile, the somewhat more feature-rich NanoPC-T4 may be a better bargain at its current $110 sale price with 4GB if you don’t need the Pi compatibility.
The NanoPi M4 has essentially the same layout as the latest Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and has a superset of its features. Like the B+, you get dual-channel 802.11ac on the Wifi/Bluetooth module.
Despite the performance improvements on the RPi 3 B+, the Rockchip RK3399 blows it away in speed tests. It also beats the vast majority of Arm SoCs. The RK3399 has dual Cortex-A72 cores clocked to up to 2.0GHz and 4x Cortex-A53 cores at 1.5GHz. There’s also a high-end Mali-T864 GPU and a VPU that supports 4K VP9 and 4K 10-bit H265/H264 60fps decoding.
The NanoPi M4 has a wider -20 to 70℃ temperature range than the 0 to 80℃ T4. It ships with options including a $9.90 8GB eMMC module, $7 heatsink, $7 LCD module, and 2MP ($16) and 13MP ($25) camera modules, among other extras.
Further information can be found here.
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