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 -ZeroOneLitePC
PC Plus
Mini 22PlusPlus2Plus 2EPC 2
CPUAllwinner H2 Quad-core Cortex-A7Allwinner H3 Quad-core Cortex-A7Allwinner H5 Quad-core 64-bit Cortex-A53
@ 1.2 Ghz@ 1.6 GhzNOT SPECIFIED
GPUMali400 MP2 GPU @600MHz
H.265/HEVC 4K
Supports OpenGL ES 2.0
Mali-450 MP4 GPU @650MHz
H.265/HEVC 4K
Supports OpenGL ES 2.0
Memory (SDRAM, shared with GPU)256MB or 512MB DDR3512MB DDR31GB DDR32GB DDR31GB DDR3
Card slotMicro SD HC cards (Max. 64GB)
SATA portUp to 2TB
Onboard Network (Ethernet RJ45)10/100M with POE10/100M10/100M10/100/1000M
Onboard WIFIXR819, IEEE 802.11 b/g/nyes, but NOT SPECIFIEDRealtek RTL8189ETV, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Video InputA 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 InputMicrophone via pin headerOnboard Microphone
Video OutputsVia pin header, type NOT SPECIFIEDHDMI output with HDCP
Supports HDMI CEC
Supports HDMI 30 function
CVBS output (combined Audio/Video jack)
Supports simultaneous output of HDMI and CVBS
Audio OutputVia pin headerOver HDMI3.5 mm Jack and over HDMI
Power SourceOver USB OTG portCoaxial power connector (Not included) (USB OTG input doesn’t supply power)
USB 2.0 Ports1x HOST
2x HOST on pin header
1x OTG
1x OTG
1x OTG
1x OTG
1x OTG
1x OTG
ButtonsPower ButtonPower Button
Recovery Button
UBoot Button
Power Button
Low-level peripherals26 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(1x3) pinUART, ground.
LEDPower led
Status led
OtherIR input via pin headerIR inputIR input
IR input
Supported OSINFORMATION CONTRADICTORY, please look on the download page of Orange Pi
Product size in mm48 × 4669 × 4885 × 5593 × 60108 × 60108 × 6785 × 55
Weight in grams263638454650835270