Orange Is the New Raspberry? Welcome to the Age of the $20 Quad-Core Computer

High power, low price.

11. 8. 16 by Jelor Gallego
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The good thing about technology is that it doesn’t just improve with each iteration, it often becomes less expensive as well. 3D printers, medical prosthetics, and many other devices are becoming more accessible to regular people thanks to less-shocking price tags.

Raspberry Pi started that trend with computers, and it’s only getting better. Orange Pi is now offering a 64-bit quad-core computer retailing for just $20. Orange Pi started by offering a $15 single board device that runs Raspberry Pi images, Linux, and Android. Their Orange Pi PC 2 is a bigger, badder version of this.

Orange Pi

It has an H5 High Performance Quad-core 64-bit Cortex-A53, a standalone graphics chip, and a 1 GB memory that can be expanded with the TF card slot. There are three USB ports, an HDMI port, an IR blaster, and even ethernet support.

The rig can support Android 4.4, Ubuntu, Debian, Rasberry Pi Image, and banana pi Image. It can essentially be used for exactly the same things Raspberry Pi rigs are famous for – basically anything a builder can think of.

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Interested in a new flavor of pi? You can order your own here.


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