2015 has only just started and my previous post: Raspberry Pi Rivals: New arrivals in 2015 already needs an update. So here’s what’s new with the latest Pi competitors.


Price: From $39,80 up to $69

The Orange Pi is a new Raspberry clone. It’s available in two models using Allwinner’s dual-core A20 SoC, and a third model which is based on the quad-core A31.

The dual-cores come as Orange Pi mini and Orange Pi, the quad-core is available as Orange Pi Plus.

Specs: Orange Pi Mini and Orange Pi:

  • Processor: AllWinner A20 (2x Cortex-A7 @ 1GHz); ARM Mali-400 MP2 GPU
  • RAM: 1GB DDR3
  • Memory/storage: microSD – SATA 2.0
  • Networking: Wireless — WiFi (802.11 b/g/n )
  • Networking — gigabit Ethernet port
  • Other I/O: HDMI 1.4 out -Composite A/V out -LVDS LCD interface -Audio Line-in, FM-in -On-board microphone -USB 2.0 ports -Micro-USB 2.0 OTG -IR
  • Power: 5V via micro-USB (DC-In only) and/or micro-USB OTG

Specs: Orange Pi Mini Specific 


  • microSD: 2 slots
  • Camera interface: parallel 8-bit
  • 2 X USB 2.0 port
  • GPIO: 40-pin header with 28x GPIO for UART, I2C, SPI, PWM, CAN, I2S, SPDIF, LRADC, ADC, line-in, FM-in, HP-in
  • Weight: 45 g
  • Dimensions: 94 x 59mm

Specs: Orange Pi Specific

  • microSD: 1 slot
  • VGA port – Camera interface: CSI out
  • 4 X USB 2.0 port
  • GPIO: 26-pin RPi-compatible connector — GPIO, UART, I2C. SPI (2x chip selects) CAN, PWM, +3.3V/+5V, ground
    – 18-pin extended interface — GPIO, UART, ADC, reset, +3.3V/+5V, ground
  • Weight: 60 g
  •  Dimensions: 112 x 60mm

Orange Pi Plus


Orange Pi Plus does not support SATA, which I personally find to be a real showstopper.


  • Processor:A31S ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core, 256 KB L1 cache 1MB L2 cache, PowerVR SGX544MP2, Comply with OpenGL ES?2.0, OpenCL 1.x, DX 9_3
  • RAM: 1GB DDR3, Memory/storage, microSD
  • Display/imaging: HDMI, CVBS, LVDS/RGB, Camera interface: CSI out
  • Networking: Wireless — WiFi (802.11 b/g/n ), Networking — gigabit Ethernet port
  • Other I/O: 4 X USB 2.0 port, Micro-USB 2.0 OTG, IR
  • GPIO: 4 UART, three I2C bus, SPI bus with two chip selects, 6 ADC, 2 PWM,+3.3 V, +5 V, ground, 18-pin: GPIO,UART, ADC,RESET ,+3.3v,+5v,ground.
  • Power: 5V via micro-USB (DC-In only) and/or micro-USB OTG
  • Weight: 60 g
  • Dimensions: 112 x 60mm

Banana PI Generation 2


It seems that the Banana Pi project has forked into two rival groups each pushing their own updates. SinoVoip’s “Banana Pi M2,” and LeMaker’s “Banana Pro.”

SinoVoip’s Banana Pi M2 – Release date TBC

Price: TBC

The Banana Pi M2 is a close clone of the Raspberry Pi Model B+. It is based on the same SOC as The Orange Pi Plus and shares most of it specifications. Like the Orange Pi Plus, it lacks SATA support.


  • Processor: Allwinner A31 (4x Cortex-A7 @ 1GHz); PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
  • RAM: 1GB DDR3 (shared with GPU)
  • Storage: microSD slot for up to 64GB
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet port, Wireless: 802.11b/g/n WiFi onboard
  • Other I/O: HDMI 1.4 out with audio, Composite CVBS A/V out, LVDS LCD interface, CSI camera interface, 3.5mm audio jack, 4x USB host ports, Micro-USB port (supports power)
  • GPIO: Expansion header — 40-pin with GPIO, UART, I2C, SPI (2x chip selects), PWM, CAN, ADC, +3.3V/+5V, ground
  • Power: 5V via micro-USB (DC-In only) and/or micro-USB OTG
  • Weight: 48g
  • Dimensions: 92 x 60mm

LeMaker’s Banana Pro – Already available

Price: $62

The Banana Pro is also a clone of the Raspberry Pi B+ and is very similar to the Orange Pi. It’s a dual-core instead of a quad-core and has SATA support onboard.


  • Processor: Allwinner A20 (2x Cortex-A7 @ 1GHz); Mali-400 GPU
  • RAM: 1GB DDR3 (shared with GPU)
  • Storage: microSD slot, SATA 2.0 port
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet port, Wireless — 802.11b/g/n WiFi onboard
  • Other I/O: HDMI 1.4 out with audio, Composite CVBS A/V out, LVDS LCD interface, Parallel 8-bit camera interface, 3.5mm audio jack (shared with Composite video), 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 2x Micro-USB ports (1x OTG, 1x for power)
  • GPIO: 40-pin with 28x GPIO, including UART, I2C, SPI, PWM, CAN, ADC, I2S, SPDIF, LRADC, line-in, FM-in, HP-in
  • Power: 5V via micro-USB (DC-In only) and/or micro-USB OTG; AXP209 PMU
  • Weight: 45g
  • Dimensions: 92 x 60mm

Radxa rock2 – Release date unknown


Price: TBC

There is not much information available yet on the Radxa rock1, but it will be based on the RK3288 – the new SOC from Rockchip.


  • CPU: Quad core ARM Cortex-A17 processor@1.8Ghz
  • GPU: ARM Mali-T764, high performance OpenGL ES1.1/2.0/3.0, OpenCL 1.1, DirectX 11
  •  RAM: 2GB(4GB optional), 64bit DDR3@800Mhz
  • Storeage: 16GB eMMC on board, uSD slot up to 128GB, SATA 2.0 up to 4TB(support both 2.5″ and 3.5″ disk).
  • Network: Dual 1000M Ethernet, 2.4G/5G dual band wifi supports 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
  •  Display: HDMI 1.4 and 2.0 compatible, up to 4kx2k@60hz, LVDS up to 1080p@60hz, eDP up to 4kx2k@30hz, MIPI up to 1080p@60hz.

Raspberry Pi Rivals: New arrivals in 2015 (Part Two)

About The Author
- Gert is the product manager of Parleys and co-hosts the Devoxx Future track


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