Orange Pi 2 Allwinner H3 Quad Core Development Board Sells for $35

Orange Pi Development Boards

After Orange Pi Plus development board powered by Allwinner H3 quad core cortex A7 processor, the company has decided to launch a lower cost version of their Allwinner H3 board with Orange Pi 2, that has started selling for a compelling $35 + about $4 shipping worldwide, and provides another sub-$50 alternative to Raspberry Pi 2, ODROID-C1, and Radxa Rock Lite boards.

Orange Pi 2 (Click to Enlarge)
Orange Pi 2 (Click to Enlarge)

Orange Pi 2 board specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner H3 quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.6 GHz with 256KB L1 cache, 1MB L2 cache, and an ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU up to 600 MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – micro SD card slot (up to 64GB)
  • Video Output – HDMI, AV port
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, AV port, on-board microphone
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (Realtek module)
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Camera – CSI Interface
  • Expansions – 40-pin Raspberry Pi Model A+/B+ (mostly) compatible header with 28 GPIOs, UART, I2C, SPI, PWM, CAN, I2S, SPDIF, LRADC, ADC, LINE-IN, FM-IN, and HP-IN
  • Debugging – 3-pin UART header for serial console
  • Misc – IR receiver; Power, reset, and u-boot buttons; Power and Ethernet LEDs
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via barrel jack (micro USB OTG cannot be used to power the board).
  • Dimensions – 93 x 60 mm
  • Weight – 46 grams

Orange_Pi_2_BottomThe cost savings compared to the $59 Orange Pi Plus have been achieved by removing the 8GB eMMC flash and SATA port, replacing Gigabit Ethernet by Fast Ethernet, and reducing the board dimensions. Allwinner H3 has the same ARM Cortex A7 cores as found as in BCM2836 processor used by Raspberry Pi 2, but if H3 is indeed clocked at 1.6GHz, Orange Pi 2 should be nearly 80% faster than RPi 2 when it comes to integer and floating-point performance. It also features a built-in Wi-Fi module that is lacking on both ODROID-C1 and RPi 2, so from an hardware prespective it’s certainly very good value for money. On the software front, the board runs Android 4.4.2, and Lubuntu, Debian and Raspbian images are being worked on, but I can’t find any Allwinner H3 images in the Download section of Orange Pi website, so I’m not sure how you are supposed to boot the board… I’d also expect a much lower level of support compared the Raspberry Pi, ODROID or even Radxa communities, so if you have a problem you might be mostly on your own.

Update: There’s also a version without Wi-Fi called Orange Pi mini 2 that sells for $33.99 including shipping.

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rektide
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Damnit. I just bought a couple of RPi2’s. 🙁

jn
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jn

linux vpu support?

Roberto Rodrigues
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Roberto Rodrigues

I bought a C1 and I’m very pleased with it. I can stream Mkv full hd over samba to my tv without a glitch and C1 was using a java app with 300mb ram and CPU was at 20% use….
I’m not regretted about the money spent

kusta
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kusta

jn :
linux vpu support?

0, Allwinner never opened access to cedar library which is for hw decoding of audio and video

Marius
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Marius

And GPU is closed source blobs too with dubious and limited Linux support. Raspeberry Pi is still the best option and given that it will soon get an open source GPU driver there’s nothing that comes close to it for the price.

agumonkey
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Too bad for the Gigabit eth removal. Also I don’t know if you need an antenna (There’s a tine socket next to the wifi chip). Also 1.6GHz x 4 may heat a lot … #anxious

LinAdmin
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LinAdmin

I have not seen any independent benchmark results for Orange Pi and the seller on Aliexpress seems not to have shipped a huge number….

If the Plus now donwgrades to 100MHz LAN and drops SATA, I wonder for what purpose one should buy it regarding that pcDuino nano is available for approx 30€?

@lex
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@lex

Waiting for the SDK release, or i will go with C1.

Steven
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@cnxsoft Orange Pi 2 has android 4.4.2 support. We are porting Lubuntu,Debian and raspbian.

JotaMG
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JotaMG

Despite some (probably regrettable) design shortcuts, these boards, when they work (!), they are good value for money.
Not good for a linux desktop experience, but great for servers or robotics.
And the people behind OrangePi are working hard to establish a community, and steven is a very responsive and supportive guy.

Werewolfc
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Werewolfc

@jn
i think we can keep dreaming. It’s hardly that we are gonna’ see real linux suport

Steven
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We will upload android image in two days. Because Google drive very slower in China.

agumonkey
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@JotaMG

>>> Not good for a linux desktop experience

How so ? the cpu is not powerful enough or is it the lack of good GPU acceleration ?

JotaMG
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JotaMG

I can only talk about the Allwinner A20 boards.
My OrangePi (A20) died on the second day (in part my fault), but because it is very similar to Cubieboard2/3 (A20), the “speed feeling” should be very similar, i.e. at 1920×1080, the desktop is useable except for browsing, in particular some websites with bad/intensive javascript and/or lots of images can slow down significantly.
Things get a little better if you use a lower resolution.
With the proper modules in place (mali, cedarx, etc) video hardware decoding works in Linux even at 1920×1080. Not perfect but works (I use Smplayer).
For headless applications (server), where there is not the graphics overhead, the performance of the A20 is good enough.
I’m curious to see how the H3 performs.

steven
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Linux desktop will have good GPU acceleration.

steven
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If you use Orange Pi, you can set 720p resolution. H3 is faster than A20.

Demetris
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I dont see how this compares to C1 at all when even the Pi2 doesnt.
Odroid C1 is the best on this fight gents. On low cost development boards it outshines anything else.
Lets wait for 64bit era and see what brings

Mark
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Mark

I am waiting for a Debian image to buy one of these. I may want to incorporate this into our product. Right now, we’re using the raspberry pi in spite of its lacklustre usb and ethernet performance…

zoobab
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@Steven
Get a decent VPS somewhere with a static file server, I hate those cheap hosting platforms where you cannot download files with wget.

Mongrol
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Mongrol

No money for allwinner until they start being honest about the GPL. (yes I realise probably all the Chinese SoC makers are guilty but allwinner has been caught multiple times)

huio
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huio

Good effort like the c-1.
Sadly, and begrudgingly, for general purpose use, the inferior rpi2 will always be superior just because of the community they have built up. Its miles ahead of everyone else and they don’t care if they have inferior hardware because they plan to milk every ounce of performance using their collective mental muscle.
I mean, they could launch a $60 kickstrater with non-obsolete hardware and sell 100000 plus units at the drop of a hat, but they prefer to go with their price point objective and we kepping buying from them

JotaMG
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JotaMG

@ huio

Wise comment!
Sadly, most of the chinese SoCs and board makers are sleeping.
When (and if) they wake up, probably will be too late.
Microsoft and Intel are busy doing they home work……………..
You all see latter this year.

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[…] คอมพิวเตอร์จิ๋วอีกรายครับ อีกทางเลือกนอกจาก Raspberry Pi, Cubieboard, Banana Pi และ ODROID-C1 โดยเจ้านี้นำชื่อผลไม้คือส้มมาตั้งชื่อเป็น Orange Pi 2 ใช้ชิป Allwinner H3 ซึ่งมี CPU คือ ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core สัญญาณนาฬิกาเร็ว 1.6GHz ทำให้ประสิทธิภาพซึ่งวัดด้วยค่า DMIPS น่าจะสูงถึง 1.9x1600x4 = 12160 DMIPS และมี GPU Mali400MP2  เร็ว 600MHz บนบอร์ดมีแรมขนาด 1GB แบบ DDR3 มีช่องต่อ TF card (สูงสุด 64GB) / MMC card slot ไว้เก็บไฟล์และระบบปฏิบัติงาน (ไม่มี SATA นะครับ) มีช่องต่อจอ HDMI ต่อกล้อง CSI พอร์ต USB 2.0 host จำนวน 4 ช่อง และ USB 2.0 OTG หนึ่งช่อง โดยไม่ได้ใช้ USB ในการรับไฟเลี้ยง การต่อไฟเลี้ยงต้องใช้ช่องต่อไฟฟ้ากระแสตรง 5 โวลต์บนบอร์ด มีช่อง GPIO 40-pin เหมือนจะเลียนแบบ Raspberry Pi ในเรื่องการต่อเครือข่าย มีช่อง RJ45 สำหรับ 10/100 Ethernet และมี Wi-Fi (Realtek RTL8189ETV) มาให้บนบอร์ดอยู่แล้ว ราคาของ Orange Pi 2 คือ 35 ดอลลาร์ไม่รวมค่าขนส่ง และก็ยังมีอีกบอร์ดที่มาคู่กันคือ Orange Pi Mini 2 ซึ่งก็คือ Orange Pi 2 ที่ตัด Wi-Fi ออกไป ราคาลดลงมาหน่อยคือ 30 ดอลลาร์ ทางด้าน software ในเรื่องของระบบปฏิบัติงานมีให้เลือกหลากหลาย อาทิเช่น Lubuntu, Raspbian, Debian, Bananian และ Android รวมถึงแจกผังวงจรและสัดส่วนของแผ่นวงจรพิมพ์ เผื่อใครจะเอาไปทำกล่องหรือที่ใส่ให้พอดีตำแหน่งรูเจาะ อันที่จริงก่อนหน้านี้ก็มีถึงสามบอร์ดจากผู้ผลิตเจ้านี้คือ Orange Pi รุ่นแรก ใช้ชิป Allwinner A20 ข้างในเป็น CPU ARM Cortex-A7 dual-core 1GHz บนบอร์ดมีแรม 1 GB DDR3 มีช่อง VGA, SATA 2.0 และ GPIO 26-pin เหมือน Raspberry Pi Model B รุ่นแรก และมี Gigabit Ethernet บอร์ดที่สองคือ Orange Pi 2 เป็นรุ่นตัดทอนไม่มี VGA แต่มี GPIO 40-pin เหมือน RPi รุ่นใหม่ๆ และบอร์ดที่สาม Orange Pi Plus รุ่นเปิดตัวที่ใช้ชิป Allwinner A31s ข้างในเป็น CPU ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core บนบอร์ดมีมี GPIO 26-pin เหมือน Orange Pi แต่ภายหลังเปลี่ยนไปใช้ชิป Allwinner H3 และใช้ GPIO 40-pin และยังมีหน่วยเก็บข้อมูลแบบ EMMC ขนาด 8GB บนบอร์ดสามารถใช้แทน SD card ได้ และมีโมดูลกล้องที่ราคาเพียง 5.90 ดอลลาร์ ที่มา http://www.orangepi.org http://www.cnx-software.com/2015/03/21/orange-pi-2-allwinner-h3-quad-core-development-board-sells-fo… […]

kucho
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kucho

@Demetris

well… ODROID-C1:

– HDMI-CEC doesnt work out of the box, you will need to make some soldering… and then it will crash after a hundred messages.

– HDMI handshake fails, from time to time the TV goes black.

– AAC 5.1, dts-hd and dolby truehd doesnt work, but they are supposed to be supported by the hardware.

– Gigabit ethernet: ok donwloading, 50% performance uploading because of the buffers.

Harley
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Harley

There is no GPL/LGPL compliant VPU decoder implementation yet,m see http://www.cnx-software.com/2015/03/23/allwinner-cedarx-media-codec-library-gpl-lgpl-compliance-update/

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Shant
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Shant

Hello,
Does anybody try to install or build Kodi under Lubuntu on this board ?.
Thanks.

laercio
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laercio

support for lakka emulation or RetroPie Project

Fred Marsh
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Fred Marsh
Fred Marsh
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Fred Marsh

Mali-400MP2 GPU up to 600 MHz the GPU runs at 71.7 Gflop as for the Rasberry Pi 2 only 24 Gflops But there More Linux Support for Orange Pi 2 Mali-400MP2 GPU up to 600 MHz GPU which also Helps – Derf

Fred Marsh
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Fred Marsh

@agumonkey
Not if you add a Heatsink and Fan your O.K. Also Most Cell Phone and Tablet do not have Heatsink at 2.0 Ghz and they Run Fine – Derf

Arnab
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100M fast ethernet port is connected to the SoC directly or via a USB to ethernet converter ?

Orange Pi 2 mini costs more than R-Pi 2 including shipping (at least in india).

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Rajib Ghosh
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The fast Ethernet port is directly connected to the H3 CPU. My performance tests indicate that it is able to achieve almost 98 Mbps in speed tests.

You can go for the Orange Pi Mini 2 ($25) or the Orange Pi PC ($15). Even with default shipping (China Post Registered Airmail), both cost substantially less than it will cost you to buy a Raspberry Pi and arrive in India in about a month. If you are in hurry, you can opt for Fedex shipping (+$31) and you will get it in about 5 days.

You can see my review of the board at http://www.rajib.com/tag/orange-pi/

phillip
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phillip

hat support?