Orange Pi 3 LTS is a cost-down, more compact version of Orange Pi 3 SBC launched in 2019 with Allwinner H6 quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 3.0 ports, and mPCIe socket with a PCIe x1 Gen2 lane. AFAICR, the latter never really worked well due to a botched implementation in the SoC.
The new slimmed-down Orange Pi 3 LTS is sized like a business card, loses the mostly useless mPCIe socket from the original board, comes with 2GB LPDDR3 RAM (no more 1GB RAM option), a lower number of USB ports, USB Type-C power input, and an Allwinner AW859A WiFi and Bluetooth module replaces the Ampak AP6256 module from the original board.
Orange Pi 3 LTS specifications:
- SoC – Allwinner H6 quad-core Cortex A53 processor clocked at up to 1.8 GHz with Arm Mali-T720MP2 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.1/3.0/2.0/1.1, DirectX 11
- System Memory – 2GB LPDDR3 (before 1GB or 2GB)
- Storage – 8GB eMMC flash and microSD card slot (note: no more option without eMMC flash)
- Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0a up to 4Kp60, 3.5mm AV jack with composite video and stereo audio
- Audio Input – Built-in microphone
- Video Decoding – 10-bit H.265 up to 4Kp60, 6Kp30, VP9 and H.264 up to 4Kp30, AVS+/AVS up to 1080p60
- Networking & Wireless Connectivity
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 port (no more USB 3.0 hub chip), 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Expansion – 26-pin header with GPIOs, I2C, UART, SPI, 5V, 3.3V, and GND
- Debugging – 3-pin serial console / UART header
- Misc – Power button; IR receiver; power and status LEDs
- Power Supply – 5V/3A via USB-C port (instead of 5V/2A via power barrel jack or micro USB port); AXP805 PMIC
- Dimensions – 85 x 56 mm (was 90 x 64 mm)
which should be in a few weeks [Update: I’ve been told everything will be uploaded on Monday]. You can always check Orange Pi 3 docs for reference. Orange Pi 3 is also supported by Armbian with Ubuntu 20.04 Focal and Debian 11 BullsEye image available, and I suspect those images should work on Orange Pi 3 LTS, possibly minus the WiFi and Bluetooth.
Orange Pi 3 LTS single board computer can be purchased now for $35 on either Aliexpress or Amazon US. For reference, that’s about the same price as the original Orange Pi 3 board with 2GB LPDDR3, but no eMMC flash, when it was launched in 2019.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.