FriendlyELEC NanoPi M1 Plus Allwinner H3 Board Adds Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi & Bluetooth, and an 8GB eMMC Flash

FriendlyELEC has introduced an update to NanoPi M1 board, aptly named NanoPi M1 Plus with a similar form factor and Allwinner H3 processor, but adding Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi & Bluetooth, and an 8GB eMMC flash, at the expense of one USB port that had to go to make place for the new features, and it got a little wider too.NanoPi M1 Plus board specifications:

 

  • SoC – Allwinner H3 quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.2 GHz with an ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU up to 600 MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI and 3.5mm jack for CVBS (composite + stereo audio)
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 dual mode (classic + low energy) with chip antenna and IPEX/u.FL connector
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x 4-pin USB 2.0 host header, 1x micro USB OTG port..
  • Camera – 24-pin DVP camera Interface
  • Expansions – 40-pin Raspberry Pi “mostly” compatible header with UART, SPI, I2C, I2S/PCM, SPDIF-OUT and GPIOs
  • Debugging – 4-pin header for serial console
  • Misc – Power and reset buttons; 2x LEDs; IR receiver; on-board microphone.
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via micro USB port; 4.7V ~ 5.6V via VDD pin on “Raspberry Pi” header.
  • Dimensions – 64 x 60mm

The company provides Debian, Ubuntu MATE, and Ubuntu Core with Qt Embedded images with 3D acceleration and hardware video decoding for the board, and some documentation in the Wiki. But it should also support Armbian, possibly without WiFi and eMMC flash support right now.

 

NanoPi M1 Plus is now sold for $29.99 + shipping on the company website. Note that the company has made an habit of launching products at a promotional price, and after a few months the price may go up a little. For example, the original NanoPi M1 was launched for $11, but it is now sold for $14.99.

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agumonkey
3 years ago

The 1GB NanoPI M1 is +5$ so 19.99$

Still 30+shipping is above my trigger point; at 20 I’d have take two, it’s quite a nice board.

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago

OS able to run from emmc is far better than slow SDcard.

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

We added Armbian support already in Nov 2016 since I spotted the M1 Plus in FriendlyELEC’s github repo back then. Final fixes for BT were made in January and OS images available since then: https://dl.armbian.com/nanopim1plus/ (can be directly flashed to eMMC, see Armbian forum for details)

Comparing features it’s more or less a Banana Pi M2+ but with better voltage regulation so not overheating like the Banana product.

BTW: Xunlong’s ‘Orange Pi Zero NAS Expansion Board’ might be a nice companion when used with short jumper wires.

Meth
Meth
3 years ago

Wake me when it has support for RetroPie/EmulationStation 😉 Is the CPU faster than Pi3?

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

@Meth
Choose RetrOrangePi image for Banana Pi M2+ and exchange fex file (/boot/script.bin) with the one for NanoPi M1 Plus: https://github.com/igorpecovnik/lib/blob/master/config/fex/nanopim1plus.fex (needs fex2bin utility contained in RetrOrangePi since this is based on Armbian).

But if it’s just about gaming I would better choose an Orange Pi One (performs exactly identical but costs less than $14 including shipping)

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

tkaiser : BTW: Xunlong’s ‘Orange Pi Zero NAS Expansion Board’ might be a nice companion when used with short jumper wires. Just checked FriendlyELEC’s wiki page for the 4-pin USB header. Sadly it differs from OrangePi Zero since otherwise the NAS Expansion board would fit directly on NanoPi M1 Plus: Shell OPi Zero NanoPi M1 Plus 1 5V 5V 2 GND USB-DM 3 USB-DM USB-DP 4 USB-DP GND 12345     OPi Zero   NanoPi M1 Plus1 5V         5V2 GND        USB-DM3 USB-DM     USB-DP4 USB-DP     GND So I’m still waiting for Xunlong presenting an H5 equipped Zero with Gigabit Ethernet. Compatible to the NAS Expansion… Read more »

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

Meth : Is the CPU faster than Pi3? The ‘CPU’ (H3 SoC) produces identical sysbench numbers as RPi3 when H3 is overclocked to 1.5GHz: https://forum.armbian.com/index.php?/topic/1748-sbc-consumptionperformance-comparisons/&do=findComment&comment=13686 But you can’t overclock H3 on this board (only slightly since VDD_CPUX core voltage is limited to 1.3V max) so raw CPU performance and also memory bandwidth is slightly lower compared to RPi3 (it’s less than 30 percent lower). You find in my link above extensive numbers also regarding memory bandwidth and consumption for almost all different RPi as well as H3 boards (they behave more or less the same CPU wise, if you want… Read more »

manuti
manuti
3 years ago

tkaiser :
… Orange Pi Zero 2 and many others)

What board is Orange Pi Zero 2?

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

manuti : What board is Orange Pi Zero 2? Currently only a rumour based on contents of ‘OrangePiLibra’ github repo (board without Ethernet but AP6212 for Wi-Fi/BT, camera connector and eMMC just like NanoPi Air but with H5 instead of H3). The last 4 H3 board additions to Armbian’s build system were all based on contents in vendor’s Github repos (and surprisingly almost everything worked already when we got dev samples weeks/months later). I assume this will continue with H5 boards (kinda boring though in the meantime, one year ago it was fun back then) I monitor a few vendor… Read more »

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago

Unlike Orange Pi, Friendlyelec are getting there act together. They even have a contact form on their website!

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

@Theguyuk I love the quantity of your input! Highly appreciated! A contact form on a website is definitely the best indicator for hardware and software quality! None of these vendors gives a sh*t about security, they all rely on horribly outdated kernels and questionable userlands. Fix for CVE-2016-5195 on any vendor OS image? Nope. While FriendlyELEC at least manages to provide useable OS images you can’t use them for serious stuff due to security issues. And as soon as you choose 3rd party OS images with security in mind there are no differences which hardware vendor you choose any more… Read more »

manuti
manuti
3 years ago

@tkaiser
Thanks a lot. I only ask because sometimes I try to keep me updated but is getting difficult to keep an eye on every vendor!

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

@manuti Please keep in mind that it’s still just a rumour and only based on some config changes somewhere in a software repository. Xunlong seems to have changed their mind at least once (Orange Pi 3 prototypes showing H5 SoC but again based on github repo contents it seems will now be released with A64 SoC instead) so maybe they drop Zero 2 or change configuration (I’m still hoping for another H5 based Zero with Gigabit Ethernet). BTW: a friend of mine told me he would monitor Armbian’s board config directory and start to do some research only as soon… Read more »

Athar
Athar
3 years ago

“Allwinner HW advantage: doesn’t run Alwinner software…” Well that says a lot about Allwinner and those OrangePi boards, where for the purported HW acceleration “features” you need smplayer + desktop *legacy* kernel images. Let’s hope that the new OPi0 2 for its own sake doesn’t become another “recommended” SATA over USB2 excellence, or shows again that OPi hasn’t learnt to, e.g., walk with OPi0 wifi before plunging into H5. But at least it is adding eMMC to avoid the SD card disasters. Bottom line, why not just buy a very hackable, better specc’ed, QA tested and ready-out-of-box Android TV box… Read more »

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago

@tkaiser
🙂 Actually Nanopi will have a H5 board, beyond that I say no more.

So is Armbian 3rd party security checked software?

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago

Nice that friendlyelec, nanopi are distributed in Europe, America, Korea, India, Brazil, Poland.

Agent for Germany, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Austria and Switzerland: ALLNET GmbH, Computersysteme

shop.allnet.de/detail/index/sArticle/276756

Good they do well 🙂

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

Theguyuk : @tkaiser Actually Nanopi will have a H5 board, beyond that I say no more. So is Armbian 3rd party security checked software? If you search for github commit id c7a9f59293b29020a0e9ed81ef9c28b230015ac0 you might realize that Armbian using latest and greatest mainline kernel 4.10 is already running on this new NanoPi while still not officially announced (it’s listed in FriendlyELEC’s wiki already so the existence is really no secret since weeks any more). And no, Armbian is no software, it’s an automated build system for software allowing you to easily build your own OS images not having to rely on… Read more »

Mindee
Mindee
3 years ago

@tkaiser
Hi,

FriendlyARM team has provided the mainline 4.10 kernel for NanoPi NEO, the download link is https://m.mediafire.com/folder/n5o8ihvqhnf6s/Nanopi-NEO -> H3-mainline.
And ubuntu-16.04 is available too since two months ago.

And you know , somtimes a marked “CE” is not a real “CE”, especially from China.

For the eMMC part, we’ll check the speed difference, to see if it’s so big.

— Mindee

Willy
Willy
3 years ago

Theguyuk :
They even have a contact form on their website!

… and they respond! I’m often in contact with them, they’re a very nice team, always listening to customer feedback and suggestions. They seem to care seeing their customers love their products, that’s why I continue to check their site for new hardware (still waiting for the upcoming H5).

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago

@Willy
Hi Willy

Yes I have spoken with them several times and always fined them helpful and responsive. Nothing like build and dump, Orange Pi!

Yes the H5 NanoPi M1Plus 2, sounds interesting.

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