SONOFF NSPanel Pro Android control panel doubles as WiFi & Zigbee Smart Home gateway

ITEAD has introduced the SONOFF NSPanel Pro Smart Home control panel running Android 8.1 on a Rockchip PX30 quad-core Cortex-A35 processor and acting as a Smart Home gateway thanks to an 802.15.4 radio for Zigbee 3.0, and 2.4 GHz 802.11b WiFi for connectivity.

The NSPanel Pro follows the ESP32-powered SONOFF NSPanel introduced just last year but offers much more flexibility with Android, 2GB RAM, 8GB eMMC flash, and also offers a slightly larger 3.95-inch capacitive touchscreen display with 480×480 resolution.

SONOFF NSPanel Pro specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip PX30 quad-core Cortex-A35 processor with Arm Mali-G31 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC 5.1 flash
  • Display – 3.95-inch capacitive touchscreen color TFT display with 480×480 resolution
  • Audio – 1W speaker, digital microphone for two-way communication (intercom)
  • Connectivity
    • 802.15.4 radio with Zigbee 3.0 support. Matter and BLE Mesh scheduled for 2023
    • 2.4 GHz 802.11b WiFi
  • Sensor – Light sensor for automatic brightness adjustments
  • Power Input – 100-240V AC 50/60Hz
  • Power Consumption – Up to 5W Max
  • Dimensions – 86 x 86 x 39.5mm
  • Shell Materials – PC V0+CRS+Toughened Glass
  • Certifications – CE, UKCA/ SRRC/RoHS

The SONOFF NSPanel Pro can do what your phone running the eWelink app could do such as adding and controlling WiFi and Zigbee Smart Home devices, scheduling scenes, and so on. But it also removes the need for a Zigbee to WiFi gateway, can be used as a video doorbell (with a camera), an alarm system (with a door or window sensor), an alarm color, and more.

The box is designed for European gang boxes, but US users can still use the control panel with a stand as showcased in the video below together with other use cases.

As noted by NoteEnoughTECH, there’s no ESP32 or ESP8266 inside, so you will not be able to flash Sonoff Tasmota, but since it’s running Android 8.1 it should be possible to root it if you’d like to hack it. Zigbee 3.0 is implemented with a Silicon Labs MG21 microcontroller, at least on early samples provided to reviewers, but it’s not impossible this may change over time to something like TI CC2652 depending on the availability of parts.

As you can see from the specifications, not all features will be implemented at launch, but ITEAD has released a schedule showing what they’ll work on in the next six months or so. For example, Home Assistant and YEELIGHT lights support is coming in September, call intercom and eWelink remote gateway in October, and so on.

ITEAD is currently taking pre-orders for as low as $69.99 with shipping scheduled to start on September 20. You may also be able to get 10% extra off with CNXSOFTSONOFF coupon [Update: this won’t work with NSPAnel Pro, but will with other products on the ITEAD store]. SONOFF NSPanel Pro will eventually sell for $119.99 after the pre-order event is over.

Thanks to Hedda for the tip.

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7 Replies to “SONOFF NSPanel Pro Android control panel doubles as WiFi & Zigbee Smart Home gateway”

    1. I think it allows them to provide a better user interface, and features like the video doorbell would probably not work very well on ESP32.

  1. The problem with wall mounted touch HMIs is that they have to last 10 years. In that timespan phones and services change so much that the HMI is bound to look antiquated. There’s also the issues of backlight led lifespan, screen burn-in, etc.

    But some people love them, so it’s great that they can have them. For myself, I find that I am less and less interested in screens on my walls and in my car. I would rather have tactile controls on surfaces, and use my phone for menu-diving.

    1. A very simple problem with wall mounted displays is that people have a wide range of heights. A kid can be 4ft and an adult 6’6″.

      Echo Show 5 on sale right now for $39.95 and it sits on a counter. Similar hardware.

      1. I have to agree… “SONOFF NSPanel Pro will eventually sell for $119.99 after the pre-order event is over.”, I doubt this quote will work as a predictive business model, even at $69 I find it expensive. All I want from this is the 240v relay attached to an ESP with a simple capacitive touch so I can replace all the light switches in the house with WiFi capability or a button on the wall.

    1. That has to be a typo, you can’t even buy 802.11b only modules anymore. And they’d likely cost more than an 802.11g one.

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