Orange Pi is working to steal the throne of Raspberry Pi 

By on April 16, 2017
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For sure there’s still a long way to go, but Orange Pi is working hard to achieve his rival: Raspberry Pi.

They are trying to customize their boards to meet a wider set of computing needs. Just a few days ago we spoke about two new Orange Pi boards: the 2g IoT and the Win/Win Plus.

Now is time to introduce you the latest board computer: the Orange Pi Prime.

It is almost identical to Raspberry Pi 3 in terms of features, but the Orange Pi Prime has better graphics by using a Mali-450 GPU, which can process 2K video.

The Orange Pi Prime uses Allwinner’s H5 processor, which has four 64-bit Cortex-A53 cores.

Other features on the board include 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n, three USB ports, and an IR receiver. It also has a Gigabit Ethernet port and other common expansion ports found on developer boards.
It also has an HDMI port to connect displays.

The board supports the Android, Ubuntu, and Debian operating systems. The Aliexpress website says the board will support a Raspberry Pi OS image, which likely means the Linux-based Raspbian OS.

Below you can find the specs:

  • Processor — Allwinner H5 (4x Cortex-A53); ARM Mali-450 MP2 GPU
  • Memory/storage — 2GB DDR3 SDRAM; 2MB NOR flash; microSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • Wireless — 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0; antenna
  • Networking — 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet port
  • Multimedia:
    • HDMI port (supports audio, HDCP, CEC, 30 function)
    • RCA/CVBS/AV output (via 3.5mm audio output)
    • 3.5mm audio output
    • Mic input
    • MIPI-CSI input with 8-bit YUV422 CMOS interface, CCIR656 protocol for NTSC and PAL, SM pixel camera sensor, and capture at up to 1080p@30fps
  • Other I/O:
    • 3x USB 2.0 host ports
    • Micro-USB 2.0 OTG port
    • GPIO connector with 3x GPIO lines
    • Debug UART header (TTL level)
    • IR receiver
  • Expansion — 40-pin header compatible with Raspberry Pi
  • Other features — upgrade key
  • Power — 5V DC jack; power and reset switches
  • Operating temperature — -10 to 65℃
  • Dimensions — 98 x 60mm
  • Weight — 48 g
  • Operating systems — Android 4.4, Debian Desktop, Ubuntu Desktop, Arch Server, Raspberry Pi Image; Banana Pi Image

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  1. Jannie Kirsten

    April 16, 2017 at 8:54 PM

    What does the “upgrade key” do?

    • Al

      September 12, 2017 at 10:50 AM

      clicks when you press it – and then leaves you waiting for more like some idiot… it does NOTHING at all – like most of the so called features of these boards

  2. Cristi

    April 17, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Have you tried the software support o orange pi? You have to download (some of the images) it from beidu, a Chinese cloud that you can only login with a Chinese phone number. I have a Pi PC, I am very disappointed. Is slower than my rpi3 and even the zero w, with his underpowered cpu si miles ahead.

    • Buck

      April 18, 2017 at 3:51 AM

      I second that! I bought and opi pc2 that sounds great on paper but four months in, has me shaking my head and buying a rpi3 instead.

  3. Al

    September 12, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    yeah – i bought an orange pi PC2 and discovered it had no working software image at all and the developer was relying on the armbian guys to develop his os – but the second time i booted the board it died and his response was “Bad Luck – i can sell you another one if you like” – yeah sure – avoid this guy like a plague – there are better and other alternative boards out there…….

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