NanoPi NEO – Smaller and faster than Raspberry Pi Zero

By on August 24, 2016
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The NanoPi NEO(abbreviated as NEO) is a fun board developed by FriendlyARM for makers, hobbyists and fans. It has as reference the Raspberry Pi Zero but it is faster and 12% smaller, and it is sold at about $7 so comparable with its benchmark board. It is based on a quad core 1.2GHZ Allwinner H3 processor, 256/512 MB RAM and other interesting features:


  • CPU: Allwinner H3, Quad-core Cortex-A7 Up to 1.2GHz
  • DDR3 RAM: 256MB/512MB
  • Connectivity: 10/100M Ethernet
  • USB Host: Type-A x 1, 2.54 mm pin x 2
  • MicroSD Slot x 1
  • MicroUSB: for data transmission and power input
  • Debug Serial Port: 4Pin, 2.54 mm pitch pin header
  • GPIO: 2.54mm pitch 36pin. It includes UART, SPI, I2C, IO etc
  • PCB Dimension: 40 x 40 mm
  • Power Supply: DC 5V/2A
  • OS/Software: u-boot and UbuntuCore

You can find more info or configure and purchase yours on NanoPi NEO page.

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Anurag Verma

Agree with the term faster, but cost is major selling point of raspberry pi zero. also we have to buy another board just to connect the display/Monitor which is again a raise in cost.


It definitely has great potential. I’m about to buy one to test is out. The only downside that I heard of is that it’s heating up too much.