A new competitor to the famous Raspberry Pi emerged, the Orange Pi family.
And they not only seem to be really powerful and cheap little bastards but are also equipped with a lot of features that make them interesting not only for programming and learning about computers but for everyday work and small, really energy efficient servers.
And they are completely Open Source in contrast to the Raspberry Pi.
These computers are completely produced in China, so the only way to get them at the moment is over the official Orange Pi store on AliExpress.
I can really recommend to watch this video from EEVblog where Dave is comparing the smallest version “Orange Pi One” to the “Raspberry Pi 2” and does all sorts of tests assessing their power: EEVblog #883 – Orange Pi One vs Raspberry Pi 2
And while you are at it, subscribe to the EEVblog channel, i never saw a video there that was not interesting!
The Orange Pi is available in a confusing variety of versions but since the official website has no real comparison chart or anything i made my own just to be able to compare the damn things that only differ in details.
I also tried to rewrite confusing information, so the informations provided here could differ from the manufacturers page.
Please note that i decided to stop doing this list. Orange Pi is bringing out more and more confusing new models and i can not keep up with that.
|Orange Pi –||Zero||One||Lite||PC
|Mini 2||2||Plus||Plus2||Plus 2E||PC 2|
|CPU||Allwinner H2 Quad-core Cortex-A7||Allwinner H3 Quad-core Cortex-A7||Allwinner H5 Quad-core 64-bit Cortex-A53|
|@ 1.2 Ghz||@ 1.6 Ghz||NOT SPECIFIED|
|GPU||Mali400 MP2 GPU @600MHz
Supports OpenGL ES 2.0
|Mali-450 MP4 GPU @650MHz
Supports OpenGL ES 2.0
|Memory (SDRAM, shared with GPU)||256MB or 512MB DDR3||512MB DDR3||1GB DDR3||2GB DDR3||1GB DDR3|
|Card slot||Micro SD HC cards (Max. 64GB)|
|SATA port||—||Up to 2TB||—|
|Flash Onboard||INFORMATION CONTRADICTORY||—||8GB EMMC||16GB EMMC||INFORMATION CONTRADICTORY|
|Onboard Network (Ethernet RJ45)||10/100M with POE||10/100M||—||10/100M||10/100/1000M|
|Onboard WIFI||XR819, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n||—||yes, but NOT SPECIFIED||—||Realtek RTL8189ETV, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n||—|
|Video Input||—||A CSI input connector Camera
Supports 8-bit YUV422 CMOS sensor interface
Supports CCIR656 protocol for NTSC and PAL
Supports SM pixel camera sensor
Supports video capture solution up to 1080p@30fps
|Audio Input||Microphone via pin header||—||Onboard Microphone|
|Video Outputs||Via pin header, type NOT SPECIFIED||HDMI output with HDCP
Supports HDMI CEC
Supports HDMI 30 function
|—||CVBS output (combined Audio/Video jack)
Supports simultaneous output of HDMI and CVBS
|Audio Output||Via pin header||Over HDMI||3.5 mm Jack and over HDMI|
|Power Source||Over USB OTG port||Coaxial power connector (Not included) (USB OTG input doesn’t supply power)|
|USB 2.0 Ports||1x HOST
2x HOST on pin header
|Buttons||—||Power Button||Power Button
|Low-level peripherals||26 Pins Header, compatible with Raspberry Pi B+
13 Pins Header with Audio in/out, 2x USB 2.0, IR pin, Video out
|40 Pins Header, compatible with Raspberry Pi B+|
|GPIO(1×3) pin||—||UART, ground.|
|Other||IR input via pin header||—||IR input||IR input
|Supported OS||INFORMATION CONTRADICTORY, please look on the download page of Orange Pi|
|Product size in mm||48 × 46||69 × 48||85 × 55||93 × 60||108 × 60||108 × 67||85 × 55|
|Weight in grams||26||36||38||45||46||50||83||52||70|