Banana Pi BPI-M2 Pro is a compact Amlogic S905X3 SBC

Banana Pi has already designed an Amlogic S905X3 SBC with Banana Pi BPI-M5 that closely follows Raspberry Pi 3 Model B form factor, but they’ve now unveiled a more compact model with Banana Pi BPI-M2 Pro that follow the design of the company’ earlier BPI-M2+ SBC powered by the good old Allwinner H3 processor.

BPI-M2 Pro comes with 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC storage, HDMI video output, Gigabit Ethernet, Wifi & Bluetooth connectivity, as well as two USB 3.0 ports.

Banana Pi BPI-M2 ProBanana Pi BPI-M2 Pro specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905X3 quad-core Cortex A55 @ up to 2.0 GHz with an Arm Mali-G31 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash, microSD card slot
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.1 up to 4Kp60 with HDR, CEC, EDID support
  • Connectivity
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • Dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 1×1 and Bluetooth 4.2 via Realtek RTL8821CU module
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Expansions – 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible header with GPIO, UART, I2C, SPI, PWM, etc…
  • Debugging – 3-pin UART header for serial console
  • Misc – Reset and user buttons; Power and status LEDs; IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 5V/3A via power barrel (micro USB port does not support power input)
  • Dimensions – 65 x 65mm
  • Weight – 58 grams

Banana Pi BPI-M2 Pro specificationsThe board can be seen as a cost-down version of Banana Pi BPI-M5 with less RAM, two fewer USB ports, and no audio jack, but otherwise the same features and specifications. As its name implies, it’s also an upgrade to the Allwinner H3 based BPI-M2+ board with a more powerful Amlogic S905X3 processor, more memory, USB 3.0 ports and 4K video output, as well as a better wireless module, but without a camera interface. That also means the SBC is compatible with BPI-M2 accessories such as the metal enclosure shown below.

Banana Pi Metal case

The company will provide Android 9 and Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, CoreELEC) images together with source code for the board, and some of the resources are already available on the Wiki. As usual, it should be noted that software support has not been a strength of Banana Pi historically speaking, so this type of board is better used by experienced engineers.

Banana Pi usually announces its new boards several months before launch, and that’s the case for BPI-M2 Pro board, so we don’t know sample pricing yet. But for reference Banana Pi BPI-M5 sells for $53, while BPI-M2+ board goes for $36,  so I’d expect Banana Pi BPI-M2 SBC to be offered for around $40+.

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manuti
1 month ago

I love this form factor close to a standard AndroidTV box.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

S905X4 or no thanks.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
1 month ago

S905X5 or dead

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

S908X (a real thing) or I take the bridge.

Refresh
Refresh
1 month ago
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.1 up to 4Kp60 with HDR, CEC, EDID support

Why not 4k120Hz ?

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
1 month ago

I’m missing 8k120Hz (including content and screen)

tkaiser
tkaiser
1 month ago

Since S905X3 inside.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
1 month ago

My $25 x96 max+ box (2/16 version shipped with psu,remote+cable) has printed a golden(!) 8k on the box and has a s905x3 inside…
Anyway I can’t even test 4k (lack of screen and content) but I can tell 1080p works…

So when it’s finally time for 16k then?

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

16K @ 30 Hz is just barely supported on DisplayPort 2.0… with Display Stream Compression. If HDMI and DP increase bandwidth again, it could get real.

I think H.266 explicitly supports 16K, whereas H.265 is capped at 8K.

From this info and more we can conclude that the industry will eventually push to make 16K a thing. At least for VR. Hooray!

Philipp Blum
Philipp Blum
1 month ago

Because people just got 1080p. 4k30 isn’t even adopted. Maybe we will see that in 20 years or something. It’s kind of overengineering for now.

Jay
1 month ago

Look at how deceptively they advertize the spec – “RT8821CU WiFi&BT 5.0 onboard”, when reality is that the RT8821CU only does Bluetooth 4.2!

Same lie in the board’s picture as well.

tkaiser
tkaiser
1 month ago

They don’t lie here, they’re just too stupid to realise how certain employees harm the company’s reputation for more than half a decade now. The person in charge of the wiki simply is not able to do proper documentation since not understanding that this requires more than vomiting some letters and numbers in random order into a document.

BTW: the ‘5.0’ most probably should indicate the RTL8821CU being 802.11ac capable (WiFi 5).

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
1 month ago

Same procedure as every year.

I’m really wondering how sinovoip can still pay their employees…

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