A new clone of the awesome Raspberry Pi mini PC has been unveiled this week in the form of the Orange Pi, that are equipped with Allwinner ARMv7 multi-core processors rather than the Broadcomm chip with ARM11 architecture used to power the Raspberry Pi.
There will be three models of the new Orange Pi single board mini PC to choose from, with two systems being equipped with Allwinner A20 dual-core chips supported by ARM Mali-400 graphics.
With the third Orange mini PC being equipped with an Allwinner A31s quad-core processor supported by PowerVR SGX544MP2 graphics. All Orange models are fitted with 1GB of RAM and also feature 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Gigabit Ethernet, multiple USB ports, HDMI output, AV ports, and expansion headers to build comprehensive projects when required.
Storage within the range of Orange systems varies depending on the model you purchase with prices starting from around $40 rising up to $70 with all three systems in the form of the Orange Pi, Orange Pi Mini, or Orange Pi Plus being available to purchase from AliExpress.
The CNX-Software website explains :
“Orange boards appear to be software compatible with Banana Pi, and Banana Pi M2 boards, with support for Android 4.4, Debian, Ubuntu, Raspbian, and Scratch, and Orange website is a close copy of lemaker.org, one of the companies promoting the Banana brand. They even have the same “Apply for Orange “, where you can apply for a free board if you have a project, or want to help with Orange “community”.”