MangoPi MQ Quad SBC – Allwinner H616 meets Raspberry Pi Zero W form factor

MangoPi MQ Quad is an Allwinner H616 quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 SBC following Raspberry Pi Zero W form factor, and the company’s earlier MangoPi MQ Pro RISC-V SBC featuring the Allwinner D1 processor.

The MangoPi MQ Quad also comes with 1GB RAM, a mini HDMI output, two USB Type-C ports, WiFI 4 and Bluetooth connectivity, a microSD card, as well a 40-pin Raspberry Pi-compatible GPIO header and an FPC connector with USB, Ethernet, and more GPIOs for expansion.

MangoPi MQ Quad Allwinner H616 SBC

MangoPi MQ Quad specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner H616 quad-core Cortex-A53 @ 1.5GHz with Mali-G31 MP2 GPU with OpenGL 3.2, Vulkan 1.1, OpenCL 2.0 API support
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3L
  • Storage – MicroSD card slot, a footprint for SPI flash (on the bottom of the board)
  • Video Output – Mini HDMI 2.0 port up to 4Kp60
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi 4 and Bluetooth 4.2 via RTL8723DS; ceramic and u.FL antennas included
  • USB – 2x USB Type-C ports (one OTG, one host)
  • Expansion
    • 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible, color-coded GPIO header
    • 18-pin MISC FPC connector with USB, Ethernet, GPIOs
  • Power Supply
    • 5V via USB-C port
    • 5V via GPIO header and pogo pins
    • AXP313A PMIC
  • Dimensions – 65x30mm
MangoPi MQ QuadCooling
Source: mangopi_sbc on Twitter

The “MangoPi MQ QuadCooling” model adds an aluminum case for cooling that still provides access to all ports, including the GPIO header. The company provides Tina Linux (OpenWrt), Ubuntu, and Android 10 images for the board, plus related SDKs, except for Ubuntu, as it is allegedly a tweaked image of the one for the Orange Pi Zero2 board. Some other documentation, mostly related to their H616 module (not used here), can also be found on the same page.

The Allwinner H616 board has been around for several years, and software support should be quite better than for the Allwinner D1 found in the MangoPi MQ Pro, plus you’d get access to the GPU and VPU inside the Arm processor. The MangoPi MQ Quad is sold for $26.70 on Aliexpress, while the MQ QuadCooling goes for $29.60 with the extra case/heatsink.

 

MangoPi MQ Quad, MQ Pro, and Raspberry Pi Zero W
Raspberry Pi Zero W, MangoPi MQ Quad, and MangoPi MQ Pro

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Ghent The Slicer
1 month ago

The H616 looks like a decent upgrade on the H6. Alas the linux mainline effort is way behind, so you are stuck with whatever allwinner provides as kernel patches.

tkaiser
tkaiser
1 month ago

The differences to H6 are USB3 and (rather useless) PCIe now missing and almost 20% lower CPU frequency. The only plus is a separate Fast Ethernet MAC + embedded PHY that allows device makers to further cut costs with wired networking. Not exactly what I would call an ‘upgrade’ 🙂

tkaiser
tkaiser
1 month ago

> Allwinner H616 … software support should be quite better than for the Allwinner D1

All those H616/H313 thingies run with a smelly Allwinner BSP kernel. Either 4.9.170 or patched up to 4.9.255 by Armbian. Current 4.9 LTS version is 4.9.326 and EOL is in 4 months.

AFAIK ‘upstreaming’ happens here: https://github.com/apritzel/linux/commits/h616-v6-WIP (and more recent branches)

apritzel
apritzel
1 month ago

Most of the bits actually went into v6.0, in particular now the DT bindings and files. Basic clock and pinctrl support was already merged in v5.12. USB support is still missing, but is technically solved, the same is true for HDMI as well, IIUC. Since it’s OpenSource, everyone is happily welcome to contribute, and be it to push for the missing bits 😉

And yeah, I agree that the H616 is not really an upgrade to the H6, except maybe for the video capabilities and the extra GB of DRAM.

tkaiser
tkaiser
1 month ago

> everyone is happily welcome to contribute, and be it to push for the missing bits

Requires an interesent in the SoC/platform. 🙂

At least my use cases are not compatible with any Allwinner offering until they really release something like the T723 with working PCIe and SATA. But even if T723 happens in the future RK356x is already there. And I guess we’ll be only seeing more crap like H618 from Allwinner…

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

So, compare to Radxa Zero1/2? And Pi Zero 2 W I guess.

technik007cz
technik007cz
1 month ago

If you want to use camera go for Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W. If you want low power consumption and high processing power go for Radxa Zero 1. Avoid anything with H6 and H616 due to overheating problems and therefore these boards are unable to keep running on max cpu frequency for longer periods of time or they are getting very hot are power consumption is high compared to other ono Allwinner boards. Can you see that large metal heatsink for MangoPi MQ ? I will get very hot, very whilst Radxa Zero can run without it at max speed… Read more »

VeNT666
VeNT666
1 month ago

At least you can buy them I suppose

sputnik
sputnik
1 month ago

MangoPi MQ Quad used h616 new version (bb With New ac300).the board
PMIC is axp313a,mainline no driver。

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
1 month ago

Somebody should use a RK3399 in the Zero format. It feels left out.

wboz88
wboz88
1 month ago

Sold out on AliExpress already.
I don’t need/want one, but disappointing to have seemingly every cheap SBC go straight from announcement to out of stock immediately.

David
David
1 month ago

“…disappointing to have seemingly every cheap SBC go straight from announcement to out of stock immediately.”

Scalpers? Can you get them on Ebay now with a 500% mark-up?

Ray Knight
Ray Knight
19 days ago

Had ordered mine from AliExpress before this news was posted. Received it today. One advantage it has over the Radxa Zero is it can use the various hat boards (i.e. PoE Eth USB Hat) designed for use with the Raspberry Pi pogo pin as it provides the pads in the same location!

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