Orange Pi 800 Keyboard PC – A Raspberry Pi 400 alternative powered by Rockchip RK3399

There’s now a Raspberry Pi 400 alternative with the Orange Pi 800 Keyboard PC that offers a very similar design, but it is powered by a Rockchip RK3399 hexa-core Cortex-A72/A53 processor.

Like the Raspberry Pi model, the Orange Pi 800 comes with 4GB RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0, two USB 3.0 ports, and one USB 2.0 port, but it also adds 64GB on-board flash storage and features one full-size HDMI port capable for 4Kp60 resolution plus a VGA port, instead of two micro HDMI ports.

Raspberry Pi 400 Keyboard PC alternative

Orange Pi 800 specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3399 hexa-core big.LITTLE processor with 2x Arm Cortex-A72 cores up to 1.8GHz, 4x Arm Cortex-A53 cores up to 1.4GHz, and an Arm Mali-T860MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 64GB eMMC flash, microSD card slot
  • Video Output
    • HDMI 2.0 port up to 4Kp60
    • VGA port up to Full HD resolution
  • Audio
    • 3.5mm audio (headphone+mic) jack
    • Integrated speaker(s) and microphone
    • Digital audio via HDMI
  • Networking
    • 1x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port
    • Dual-band 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 LE
  • Keyboard – 78-key QWERTY Keyboard
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Expansion – 26-pin GPIO header
  • Power Supply – 5V via Type-C port
  • Dimensions – 286 x 122 x 22mm
  • Weight – 385 grams

Orange Pi 800 portsThe English product page does not have anything about software, but the Chinese one says Orange Pi 800 will ship with Chromium OS and include Scratch and Python tools by default highlighting the education focus of the product. The company is apparently working on its own operating system as well as with “Orange Pi OS” described as a lightweight operating system based Arch Linux (Arm), and that will support all Orange Pi hardware including Orange Pi 800.

Orange Pi OS
Orange Pi OS

It’s not available for download yet, but you can find a few more details on Orange Pi website. I suppose it’s good news although I’m a bit surprised they did not go with a Debian or Ubuntu-based system, especially since they already have a bunch of boards supported by Armbian.

I do not have price and availability information for the new keyboard computer, as I’ve just stumbled upon it on the company’s website. I’d expect a launch in the next few days or weeks, and to be a viable alternative, the Orange Pi 800 would have to be priced competitively against the Raspberry Pi 400 which was launched for $70 but is now almost always sold as part of a $100 kit with a mouse, 16GB microSD card, HDI cable, and a programming book.

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Anonymous
Anonymous
29 days ago

That headline got me.

It also has a headphone jack, something that is missing on the Pi400. As well as “speakers”.

Where is the integrated microphone?

but is now almost sold as part of a $100 kit with a mouse, keyboard, cables, and programming book.

Almost always sold?

David Willmore
David Willmore
29 days ago

They sell the 400 with an extra keyboard or are there people charging extra for the ‘keyboard’ part of the 400? 😉

Maex
Maex
28 days ago

Integrated Mic seems to placed aboufe the ESC Key on top left, so on the other side of the speaker, that is places in the right rear. But left if you look to the rear.

Jeroen
Jeroen
29 days ago

I hope they also make an azerty version

Chris
Chris
29 days ago

On se fait souvent sucré en effet 😉

itchy n scratchy
itchy n scratchy
29 days ago

Azerty my personal enemy

Whenever our IT logged into my pc keyboard is azerty and windows speaks french

You won’t believe how hard it is to log in with a mildly complex password 😸

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
29 days ago

You could just put your fanless SBC to the left or right of a normal keyboard. Just like when computers had disk drives. Several other options too.
Could be a all in one thin client.

Cinos
Cinos
26 days ago

Yeah like a good old Amstrad CPC 😉

Anonymous
Anonymous
29 days ago

On the product page, the picture advertising “4K HD video output” is funny.

This product should have been called a Pi 600 for its 6-core RK3399 instead of Pi 800.

29 days ago

Chromium OS is good choice since it is lightweight and optimized for this level of SOC. But why not use type-c with DP-alt mode?

megous
29 days ago

It requires extra HW. It has lacking support in mainline Linux on RK3399.

So it’s for the best.

David Willmore
David Willmore
29 days ago

Vs having an HDMI port? It’s more expensive and requires more complex external hardware. Dumb USB-C power + standard HDMI beats an expensive power delivering USB-C dock with some kind of video out or a USB-C enabled monitor.

The dumb solution is much more accomidating to actual hardware in the field.

itchy n scratchy
itchy n scratchy
29 days ago

This is true as long as we are talking full size HDMI

Compared to mini/micro HDMI I would prefer USB-C anytime, also you can connect 2 monitors via a single USB C DP, at least with laptops that is the way it works.

David Willmore
David Willmore
29 days ago

Yes, as someone who has almost all HDMI cable sizes, I fully agree. Death to any non-full size HDMI ports. If you want to go smaller, use USB-C alt DP mode.

itchy n scratchy
itchy n scratchy
29 days ago

Yes all my adapters i had so far broke.

If you cant afford DP alt mode, neither want fullsize HDMI, then better implement a proprietary usb c connector pinout for hdmi. Or maybe if easier go for mini dp/tb3 plugs.

lanefu
lanefu
29 days ago

They were too afraid of changing the size to do something cool like offer real PCIe expansion, which to me would properly capture the expandability and excitement of the C64s and Tandy CoCo style of home computers the RPI foundation was trying to emulate.

Instead just another RPI clone without innovation. Great job Xunlong

itchy n scratchy
itchy n scratchy
29 days ago

It’s orange pi, their focus used to lie on cheap, but somehow it doesn’t work out anymore in the current supply chain environment.

David M
David M
29 days ago

If it is anything like my experience with the Orange Pi Win, it will be a pile of junk. Support will be very lacking. In comparison the RPi 400 is rock solid, support groups everywhere and troubleshooting advice all over the internet. Lack of 3.5mm audio jack not an issue as a USB DAC works out-of-the-box. Nice copy of the RPi 400 but I’ll give it a miss.

David Clark
David Clark
28 days ago

Yea David M I had a similar experience with a orange 8 core device that was supposed to be a pi competitor/upgrade at the time. But it took me two days to boot it then the district gave me fits…my pi 400 will stay…as will my 8 node pi cluster, and numerous pi zero 2ws.

tkaiser
tkaiser
28 days ago

> orange 8 core device

The only older and somewhat popular SBC with eight cores are FriendlyELEC NanoPC T3+ / NanoPi Fire3, Hardkernel ODROID XU4/HC1/HC2/MC1, Khadas VIM2 and SinoVoip Banana Pi M3. So while OrangePi would easily qualify for horrible OS images and ‘software support’ this time it must have been SinoVoip to blame (even if ‘took me two days to boot’ is more a symptom of failing to write an OS image correctly to SD card 😉 )

Meth
Meth
27 days ago

How does the RK3399 overclocked compare to the Pi4/400 OC – I hear the RK3399 doesnt OC much so for emulation maybe Pi is better?

Willy
Willy
27 days ago

There’s no easy response to this. RPi has a limited memory bandwidth, and for some use cases, overclocking it to 2 GHz will bring very little gains. RK3399 has a significantly better memory controller but many boards do not seem to exploit it well, and it may even run at a very low frequency (as low as 200 MHz was found in a TV box). There are too may little cores on the RK3399 (and additionally they run at a low frequency), making them often difficult to use in the general case, though for embedded usage it can make sense… Read more »

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