$18.9 Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 Board: Allwinner H3, WiFi + Bluetooth LE, HDMI and 8GB eMMC Flash

When will they ever stop? Shenzhen Xunlong has launched yet another Allwinner H3 board called Orange Pi Zero Plus 2, that has not that much in common with Orange Pi Zero, since it uses a different processor (H3 vs H2+), adds HDMI, and implements WiFi and BLE via an Ampak AP6212 module.Orange Pi Zero Plus 2:

  • SoC – Allwinner H3 quad core Cortex A7 processor @ 1.2 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU @ 600 MHz
  • System Memory – 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI port with CEC support
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Ampak AP6212) with u.FL antenna connector and external antenna
  • USB – 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Camera – MIPI CSI port
  • Expansion headers – Unpopulated 26-pin “Raspberry Pi B+” header + 13-pin header with headphone, 2x USB 2.0, TV out, microphone and IR receiver signals
  • Debugging – 3-pin serial console header
  • Misc – 2x LEDs for power and status
  • Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port
  • Dimensions – 48 x 46 mm
  • Weight – 20 grams

So the board is slightly smaller than Orange Pi Zero, and won’t have some of the WiFi issues with Orange Pi Zero with many re-transmit packets leading to a lower throughput. It still works through contrary to what some people claim. Software support for Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 should be the same as with other H3 boards including Android, Ubuntu, and Armbian builds.

Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 has started selling for $18.90 + shipping on Aliexpress.

Thanks to Aleksey for the tip.

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tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

It’s not slightly smaller but exactly of same size 🙂

And funny that we now find H3 on the board while according to everything available on Xunlong’s Github it was planned to be released with pin compatible H5 instead. But maybe the problems getting voltage regulation to work with Allwinner’s legacy kernel led to the decision to feed the reel with H3 again?

Anyway: nearly all features as expected (though the HDMI port surprises me a bit) and kinda boring to add support for this board since all components known and ready.

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago

So many boards, so little software time?

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

@Theguyuk So many comments, so little time for getting even the basics? Providing fully functional Armbian legacy images (Debian, Ubuntu and Ubuntu Desktop) for this ‘new’ board means duplicating Zero’s fex file and exchanging a few lines in there (activate HDMI, Wi-Fi/BT and eMMC, disable Ethernet), duplicating another file to add u-boot support (doing 2 times search and replace to exchange board name) and adding a small config file. Then a ‘git commit’ followed by a ‘git push’. Doing the same so that kernel 4.10 runs on this board would require duplicating another file and adopting device tree stuff (wow,… Read more »

Benjamin
3 years ago

No 2G/3G, no buy.

I’m still waiting for the 2G-IOT board, as it seems to be much more useful.

jernej
jernej
3 years ago

,
H2+ is more like a flavour of H3 because only real difference is missing 4K support (HDMI and VPU). They can even boot same images, so I wouldn’t call it different processor. Also CEC support should be taken with the grain of salt, because there is no official documentation on the topic and the driver was written through experimentation with toggling unknown bits…

Marius
Marius
3 years ago

@Benjamin
2G boards ? 2G networks will be shut down in the next years in a lot of countries. I doubt there will be some new boards for this

Benjamin
3 years ago

@Marius

There is a Orange Pi 2G-IOT in the pipeline, which has RDA chipset with 2G functionality.

Varghese
Varghese
3 years ago

I wanted HDMI … love it …

Fred
Fred
3 years ago

@tkaiser
The world does not need such arrogant chaps like you at all. What they need are people who share their knowledge with others and who need help. So what can you rot in the beer garden quietly, who needs you already.

John S.
John S.
3 years ago

Does it have I2S on any of the headers, and can it be powered via the headers?

I kind of want to try building a headphone amp with simultaneous USB-Audio(gadget) and bluetooth inputs, and this has both bluetooth and usb-otg ports, and it’s a plus that it also has the ability to connect a USB host port for a USB-DAC until I build up something running over I2S.

I’m not sure using linux as a base for a soundcard will be terribly pleasant lag-wise, but it would be interesting to try it out.

heeln
heeln
3 years ago

so this adds useless hdmi output while taking out the usb and ethernet ports AND doubles the price for it? Are we supposed to stream 4k videos via wireless so we watch them over hdmi using the H3?

these 2 latest Xunlong offerings are absurd.

eas
eas
3 years ago

@Fred TKaiser shares his knowledge in comments here, source code, and binary form.

I think he’s earned the right to call out uninformed, entitled whining now and again. You though, I don’t recognize at all. Is there any reason I shouldn’t invite you to do the rotting in order to preserve TKaiser?

mdel
mdel
3 years ago

tkaiser : It’s not slightly smaller but exactly of same size Well not on the Z axis, it should be viewed as a different form factor from the Zero board. Or maybe see the Zero as a “wired” board (wifi is unfortunately mandatory now days [ not on the Nanopi Neo2 ]) and the Zero 2 as a wireless board. Or simply a response to the Nanopi Neo Air.. I imagine there will be an expansion board to add an ethernet socket. I’m a bit skeptical about those price tags though. Maybe some 4GB emmc versions could bring some of… Read more »

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago

@eas
You consider my a entitled whinner, uninformed.

So must be good practices to recommend boards with no manufacturer support. Ideal for consumers and businesses, you must think!

Only support by volunteers who could move on to other things at anytime.

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago

@John S.
Pity it is headphones you work with as Friendlyelec have the NanoHat PCM5102A, TI’s DAC and infared $9.99 and compatible with Neo and Neo AIT.

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft) Regarding dimensions: http://linux-sunxi.org/Xunlong_Orange_Pi_Zero Please listen also to @jernej (he’s the one who brought OpenELEC to all those FriendlyELEC and Xunlong boards, now mainly responsible for HDMI working with mainline u-boot/kernel on these devices too and he improved countless details regarding software support here and there — Armbian support for H3 boards would look somewhat different without him) and adjust CPU information. @mdel I don’t care about the Z axis, only about whether connectors and mounting holes still fit. This board has not even a single USB type A receptacle so it’s obviously supposed to be combined with… Read more »

TC
TC
3 years ago

Xunlong, the Samsung of ARM boards 😉

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

Done. I spent an hour of my time to add this board to Armbian (most of the time spent on checking hardware description in Xunlong’s Github repo against the duplicated fex file for regular Zero): https://github.com/igorpecovnik/lib/commit/2f9e9e6feae3cc3037a52ba0be8295761cb1f586 Currently only legacy kernel enabled since I don’t want to waste my time with DT stuff without my assumptions being tested first (areas of testing: is BT really connected to uart1, pin mapping for Wi-Fi, USB and the other stuff correct, DRAM parameters correct). As soon as someone confirmed this stuff (maybe Xunlong shipped out dev samples already, Steven is really great in not… Read more »

John S.
John S.
3 years ago

, @Theguyuk

Thank you both for the pointers. The NanoPi NEO Air does look like a great match, and the hat with the PCM5102A is very interesting.

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

@John S. In case you run in any audio latency issues with any H3 board feel free to head over to Armbian forum and do a web search for ’30-real-time143-full-plus-rt-fixes.patch.disabled’ before. We have a RT kernel patch in our repo that is disabled by default but it’s pretty easy to build/exchange kernel (IIRC patch came from audiophiles). BTW: I2S is exposed on most H3 boards just not those Xunlong Zeros (Expansion header pin-outs can be found in either linux-sunxi or FriendlyARM wiki). But if you want onboard BT then the Air is the only choice anyway…

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago
hape27
hape27
3 years ago

Where can someone find mechanical drawings?

I wanna make a board that will connect to both, the 13 USb and the 26 GPIO.
I need the exact positions of both.

Where can someone find drawings?

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