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.
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
- 3.5mm audio (headphone+mic) jack
- Integrated speaker(s) and microphone
- Digital audio via HDMI
- 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
The 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.
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.
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.