Orange Pi 2g-IoT (new): ARM Linux IoT development board with WiFi, GSM/2G, Bluetooth for less than €10

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Orange Pi continues to renew its range of mini PCs. Orange Pi offers a new model adapted to the development of objects connected outside a WiFi coverage area. The Orange Pi 2G-IoT announced at the end of last year is now available on the Aliexpress shop of its manufacturer Shenzhen Xunlong Software CO. This new ARM Linux development board is available now at €9,45 (excl. shipping).
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For the first time, the Orange abandons the SoC Allwinner in favor of an RDA Micro 8810PL. It is a SoC ARM type Cortex A5 clocked at 1GHz. The GPU Mali is replaced by the Vivante GC860 3D.

  • SoC: RDA Micro 8810PL ARM Cortex A5 processor @ 1.0 GHz with 2Gbit (256 MB) of RAM LPDDR2
  • GPU: Live GC860 3D
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE Modem (Technical Documentation)
  • External storage: microSD board
  • LCD screen connector compatible up to qHD resolution
  • Video: decoding up to 1080p30, encoding up to 1080p30 in H.264
  • Audio: 3.5mm jack + (FM radio receiver)
  • Connectivity:
    • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 2.1/EDR (RDA5991),
    • Module 2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE. Requires a SIM board and a compatible subscription. Driver unknown.
    • Camera: MIPI CSI-2 connector up to 2MP (Raspberry Pi compatible)
  • USB 2.0:
    • 1x USB
    • 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Connectors
    • GPIO 40-pin compatible Raspberry Pi (notebook libraries) with SPI, I2C, ADC, GPIOs, PWM, etc …
    • 3-pin UART serial port on the board for debugging
  • Power supply :
    • 5V via micro USB port OTG
    • Optional battery (connector not specified)
  • Misc :
    • 8 jumpers jumpers, power button, boot selection header
    • Power Button
    • Led
  • Dimensions: 68 x 42 mm
  • Certifications: CE and FCC (according to the marking on the board)

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Shenzhen Xunlong offers an innovative connected object development platform with this new Orange Pi 2G-IoT model. On paper, the features are very enticing. In addition to the usual GPIO (which always demands more work due to the lack of libraries compared to the Raspberry Pi), battery powered and GSM 2G connectivity is a plus. However, you should check if you are in an area covered by 2G. Indeed, more and more countries are starting to abandon this technology to the benefit of 3G/4G. Orange Pi announces compatibility with Android, Ubuntu, Raspbian and Debian distributions. For now, the images of Android and Ubuntu server are available for download here. No image Armbian is yet available.

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  1. Bought 2pcs and not able to boot using Ubuntu and Armbian image, though I’ve configured WiFi exactly like my other Armbian Orang Pis. I’m waiting for my USB-TTL cable, and hopefully it can boot.

    • Hi FMN. At the moment no Armbian version is available for this new board. Only the Win is available. Did you try the official version from available here ?

      • Yup, downloaded from there. There’s 1 Armbian image updated: 2017-04-25. The unzipped image is Armbian_5.27_Orangepi2g-iot_Debian_jessie_default_3.10.62.img. Is it not?

        I’m now trying the Android Tcard and Nand version.

        • Strange, normally we find Armbian image only here It was probably a mistake. I have not seen this image today. This board is still very recent, it should be taken care of in the coming weeks. I hope that you will get everything to work with the official picture while waiting for that of armbian. See you soon

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