Orange Pi One is a $10 Quad Core Board with Ethernet and HDMI

Until recently, Orange Pi PC was probably the most cost efficient ARM hardware, but with the launch of Raspberry Pi Zero, and to some extent C.H.I.P computer, they had some competitors in the ultra low cost space, so Shenzhen Xunlong Software developed two more cost effective Orange Pi boards, with Orange Pi One selling for $9.99 with Ethernet, and Orange Pi Lite for $12 with WiFi, also referred to as versions B and A.
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Orange Pi One & Lite (preliminary) Specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner H3 quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.2 GHz with an ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU up to 600 MHz
  • System Memory – 512 MB DDR3
  • Storage – micro SD card slot
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI
  • Connectivity
    • Orange Pi One – 10/100M Ethernet
    • Orange Pi Lite – WiFi
  • USB
    • Orange Pi One – 1x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
    • Orange Pi Lite – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Camera – CSI Interface
  • Expansions – 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible header
  • Debugging – 3-pin UART header for serial console (unpopulated)
  • Misc – Power button; Power and status LEDs
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via power barrel
  • Dimensions – 69mm × 48mm
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The new board should be software compatible with Orange Pi PC and support both Linux distributions and Android, with the main advantage of Orange Pi One is that it’s a complete system with both video output and networking, contrary to Raspberry Pi Zero lacking networking, and C.H.I.P lacking HDMI output, at least without some extra hardware adding to the cost.

There’s no word about availability, and pricing most likely does not include shipping, but since Orange Pi PC shipping is in the $3 to $4 range, I’d expect Orange Pi One to ship for around $13 to anywhere in the world,  or slightly cheaper than the $14+ I had to pay for C.H.I.P on Cyber Monday, and which will only be delivered in June 2016 or later. [Update: Orange Pi One can now be bought on Aliexpress for around $13 shipped]

Thanks to Thomas for the tip!

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Peter Scargill
4 years ago

Perhaps you should include to be fair to the likes of the Raspberry Pi that the Orange Pi PC is still sitting on most people’s desk due to the ATTROCIOUS lack of support from the company – anyone who has gone through that experience with an otherwise promising board is surely going to stay away from their products no matter how cheap….

As you know I had several attempts at that board and even had help from your own comments but at the end of the day it is a door-stop.

Rufik
Rufik
4 years ago

Yes, I agree. Totally lack of Linux mainline kernel support, it’s better to go with RPi2 or odroid-c1.

Jorge
Jorge
4 years ago

I totally agree with Peter Scargill, if you focus only on HW and price you are not making a fair review. Lack of proper gfx drivers in mainline kernel, horrible support from manufacturer, etc make this kind of board a “cheap” brick.

TC
TC
4 years ago

this post is a good start in the new year!

milkboy
milkboy
4 years ago

well, IMO OPi requires a higher technical skill (due to poor support and smaller community)
its apples (in this case raspberries) and oranges. two different beast entirely.

i like that it uses a full sized hdmi and usb, compared to RPi0 (a non issue, just preference)
hope allwinner and its partners clear out its messes this year.

Jon Smirl
4 years ago

Support is awful, but to be fair the CPU on this is comparable to the RaspPi 2. So it is about 8x a RaspPi zero in performance and about 3x a CHIP. If you are willing to put up with the software mess, this is a way better bang for the dollar. If you are trying to run a GUI on these, the performance difference is painfully obvious.

miska
miska
4 years ago

Rufik :
Totally lack of Linux mainline kernel support

That is not completely true. Basic H3 support is now merged in mainline uboot and should be some bits in 4.5 kernel release.

Of course there is a long road ahead, but for the price I have to like it.

Martin
Martin
4 years ago

I’ve 2 OrangePiPC and completely satisfied after having installed proper FEX settings.
I’ve even ordered 2 more boards.
When those new OrangePi-One and OrangePi-Lite will be available, I will probably order some.
For Mainline kernel, I’m following the commits done there, it shouldn’t be too long.

natsu
natsu
4 years ago

the 512 MB of ram is the biggest hurdle, but if we intend to run a headless machine, it should get the job done, I was looking for a very cheap board to run a DVB S2 tuner with TVheadend server, comparing to raspberry zero, is a much wiser choice to make

tkaiser
tkaiser
4 years ago

@Peter Scargill It seems a lot of people aren’t up to date regarding H3 and mainline kernel support. I’ve been able to use the Orange Pi PC as a NAS already with kernel 4.4.0-rc5 (without the SMP patch only running on one CPU core clocked at 1008 MHz) and it’s the fastest USB2 implementation I ever measured since the H3 is also UAS capable as the A20 before: http://forum.armbian.com/index.php/topic/504-quick-review-of-orange-pi-pc/page-2#entry3454 Thermal issues are also gone since there’s no need to overvolt/overclock this little beast, HW accelerated video decoding works in Linux since a few weeks and the H3 receives a lot… Read more »

boudyka
boudyka
4 years ago

I starting to smell this Orange Pi, and its full of s*it

What I don’t get is the RPi is an educational tool, full support, imagine a room full of kids with an Orange Pi, all they are going to do is to turn it on…then what. So VFM it isn’t, its cheap tat because they can make cheap tat. The quality isn’t just a bit soldering and silicon, Its the words on the webpages. Thats the value of the RPi and that was there from the start.

Demetris
4 years ago

Comparing to Pi Zer0 this is i7 vs Pentium III.
Happy new year @all

xxiao
xxiao
4 years ago

talking about C.H.I.P, where is it? other than keeping receiving its update emails(more like junk email than anything else), nothing is delivered after one year, it’s the most talk the talk board so far.

slackstick
slackstick
4 years ago

When comparing with RPi 0, despite it’s 5 USD price tag, cheapest shop in Germany has it for more than 19 EUR, including shipping. OPi PC did cost me less than 17 EUR. Personally I prefer OPi PC to the new ones and wait for 64 Bit with 4GB RAM.

Since the new ones are advertised with 1.2 GHz, it seems they learned that stability is paramount, also for cheap devices.

BTW, orangepi.org forum often times out and I could not register 2 times. That’s sad.

zoobab
4 years ago

Rpi zero madness is pure marketing. First nobody gets it at 5usd. Second, any h3 outperforms it. And last but not least, the first thing you boot on a pi is a blob.

T-Firefly
T-Firefly
4 years ago

@Peter Scargill
I agree with your point, what we need is not the lower price, the development board is different from the normal electronic products, I think the overall support from the company and the stable of the platform and the compatibility that are what we need. Actually, I hate the behavior of marketing, what is your value? just cheaper and cheaper?

TC
TC
4 years ago

natsu :
the 512 MB of ram is the biggest hurdle, but if we intend to run a headless machine, it should get the job done, I was looking for a very cheap board to run a DVB S2 tuner with TVheadend server, comparing to raspberry zero, is a much wiser choice to make

besides that we have DVB-C only, thats exactly what i want to use one for, too

TC
TC
4 years ago

zoobab :
Rpi zero madness is pure marketing. First nobody gets it at 5usd.

got mine for 10$ shipped. sold it for 50€. bought O-Pi PC. free market is crazy stuff…

Jon Smirl
4 years ago

@xxiao My CHIP came. I played with it ten minutes, saw how painfully slow it was and gave it away an hour later. It is uninteresting in today’s market. I’m still surprised that no one has done a $10 RK3128 board. It can certainly be done and last I checked RK3128 software was in better shape than H3. I have a Pine64 on order. Not sure if it is worth the added costs. You have to use two DRAM chips on a 64b device. It also forces 6-layer boards. That drives the board price up 10-20% versus single chips on… Read more »

xxiao
xxiao
4 years ago

@Jon Smirl
I will forget my CHIP for now then. I actually unsubscribed its emails long time ago.
I use EMMC on industrial boards and it’s indeed robust and handy after more than half-year stress run.
Haven’t had time to play with OrangePi PC v1.2 yet. It’s on my bench collecting dusts at the moment.
For all those boards, I wish someone make some industrial-class SOMs for speedy customization. The RPI-alike format is great for hobbyists etc but there is a volume market for low-cost SOMs too.

Martin
Martin
4 years ago

I have a Pine64 on order too . 🙂

xxiao
xxiao
4 years ago

just ordered one Pine64(did not know this board until today), I’m more of a board collector now

Dave
Dave
4 years ago

@Peter Scargill

Seconded. I spent I don’t know how many hours trying to get the Orange Pi PC to work. Could never get any help from support. I’ve worked with plenty of other SoC systems without any difficulty, but the Orange Pi PC ended up just being DOA as far as I can tell.

Martin
Martin
4 years ago

When I’ve received my boards few weeks ago, I’ve search for an distribution image for which I can get the sources of the kernel, I found the loboris github https://github.com/loboris/OrangePI-Kernel. Within an hour, I got my boards working. But I was a bit deceived when I saw they were freezing within 24 hours. Doing some search, I’ve found this thread explaining that the OverClocking at 1.6GHz was the main reason, http://www.orangepi.org/orangepibbsen/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=724. I’ve reduced the clock to normal 1.2GHz, first with simple bash script, but later by tweaking the FEX, and the boards are now stable since weeks.

Greg Ware
Greg Ware
4 years ago

Interesting thread. Another currently available SBC is the Onion Omega, $19 (plus $10 dock). Runs OpenWRT. It is limited on memory (64MB RAM, 16MB flash) , and no SD slot, but has USB and Wifi built-in. Early tests are quite OK for me. Can run Mosquitto and an old version of Node.js, plus Python. Also, a cheap alternative would be to load OpenWRT on a TP-Link such as the 20€ – WR-710N, which comes with Main A/C (EU) plug, wifi and two ethernet ports. No exposed I/O of course, this is a router, but you can make it a smarter… Read more »

Martin
Martin
4 years ago

@Greg Ware
Onion Omega is much lower devices than OrangePi or Pi-Zero, it is a small router, like Domino.io or GLiNet or LinkIt. CPU is much slower, and, of course, very limited RAM/Flash ressource. So, it is depends what you need to do with the devices. Don’t expect running application such MySQL on those.

paul
paul
4 years ago

@Greg Ware
Yes, what I seek is a small linux capable SBC with WiFi, RTC, 4x 10 or 12bit ADC, some GPIO, low power modes/power management for battery operation, good support forum. Ethernet port also desirable.

paul
paul
4 years ago

@Jon Smirl
Interested in your comment about SBC’s relying solely on SD-Card memory not being reliable. Has anyone a link or description of why ? It reminded me of a statement RPi SD-card memory can get corrupted if there is a power failure; is there no cure for power-failure memory corruption ?

Greg Ware
Greg Ware
4 years ago

@Martin
Agreed. Running Mosquitto is ok for me, but anything memory-intensive such as a DB will not do.
With just the bare OS plus Mosquitto plus Node, I’m almost exhausting the 16MB on-board flash. 64MB RAM is also pretty much all used up.

Jon Smirl
4 years ago

@paul

The problem is the SD socket, not the chip inside the SD Card. It can get loose from vibration or it can corrode.

Greg Ware
Greg Ware
4 years ago

I cam across Yet Another SBC, from Olimex this time, dubbed the LIME (A10-OLinuxIno-LIME).
Cortex A8 at 1GHz, 512MB (or 4GB) RAM ,wired ethernet, HDMI, USB, SATA, ….
They actually have a whole range of boards at various prices, starting from 19€ (IMX233, the 512MB LIME is 30€), open hardware, running OLinuxIno (github repo linux).
I had known Olimex from the ‘trinket’ days, used to be a serious vendor, seems they’re making their way. I need to get one of those boards now, have to select config vs price…
See https://www.olimex.com/Products/OLinuXino/A10/open-source-hardware

Martin
Martin
4 years ago

A10 is a bit osbolete. I’m using some A20 since almost 2 years.

paul
paul
4 years ago

Jon Smirl : @paul The problem is the SD socket, not the chip inside the SD Card. It can get loose from vibration or it can corrode. Thanks for the clarification of your post. I had hoped it would throw light on the problem I read about (in raspberrypi.org) that RPi SD-card memory can get corrupted if there is a power failure. Has anyone got an explanation for the RPi problem and its solution ? (my guess was there may be no power-fail interrupt to cause some quick housekeeping before power goes completely). Without resilience to power outages, one cannot… Read more »

Jon Smirl
4 years ago

@paul In your case it is not the memory type causing your corruption, it is the power fail itself. You can try using files systems that are more crash proof like EXT4. Higher end embedded systems have a small battery or enough caps in the power supply to keep running for a few seconds on power fail. They get an interrupt on power fail and execute an immediate controlled shutdown. The two seconds of power is enough to get them shutdown cleanly. Another solution to this is to separate the OS and data storage. The OS storage is mainly read-only… Read more »

twinclouds
twinclouds
4 years ago

I bought one Orange PC just for fun. I agree that lacking support is a problem. However, once I realize that it is it is OPi PC not other OPi versions, it was not that difficult to make it work. I got the Ubuntu 14.04 from http://www.orangepi.org/downloadresources/orangepipc/oragepipc_4a0e8d960f7f0a52606dfaba58.html and burned into microSD card, it worked immediate with no problem. Make it work with Debian and other versions of Linux from http://www.orangepi.org/orangepibbsen/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=342 involves copying the right Kernel into the Boot partition. It is a little more work but not that bad either. Just follow the instructions, you will be fine. I actually… Read more »

Daniel Knight
4 years ago

Peter Scargill : Perhaps you should include to be fair to the likes of the Raspberry Pi that the Orange Pi PC is still sitting on most people’s desk due to the ATTROCIOUS lack of support from the company – anyone who has gone through that experience with an otherwise promising board is surely going to stay away from their products no matter how cheap…. As you know I had several attempts at that board and even had help from your own comments but at the end of the day it is a door-stop. Exactly this. The community has ended… Read more »

zoobab
4 years ago


What about CAD files?

tkaiser
tkaiser
4 years ago


The schematics are partially wrong as usual. At least a different voltage regulator is used…

I tried to explain the problems with this new voltage regulator here: http://forum.armbian.com/index.php/topic/724-quick-review-of-orange-pi-one/

tkaiser
tkaiser
4 years ago
onebir
onebir
4 years ago

Where is the elusive 1Gb Orange Pi One?

Martin
Martin
4 years ago

@onebir
What do you mean by “elusive 1GB” ?
The OPi-One had always 512KB !
If you need more, maybe look at the OPi-PC …

onebir
onebir
4 years ago

@Martin
Ah – thanks!

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago

I have never used everbuying.net but there seems to be a Pi one sale. £2.83p.

http://www.everbuying.net/product1199104.html?currency=GBP&gclid=CIzsv9OUm88CFbMW0wodscwL6w

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago
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