The Orange Pi Win is the latest addition to the Orange Pi family. It is the first model of the manufacturer to offer a SoC ARM 64 bits by integrating an Allwinner A64 (based on Cortex A53). This SoC quad-core is backed by the Mali400MP2 GPU. The frequency is not specified but it should be at least 1.2GHz, like the BCM2837 that equips the Raspberry Pi 3. The other great novelty in the Oranges family is the support of Bluetooth 4.0. It was necessary to go through a USB dongle to add the Bluetooth to the Orange. This lack is now fulfilled. WiFi and Bluetooth are supported by the AMPAK AP6212 (technical documentation). The icing on the cake, the AP6212 incorporates an FM radio receiver. The Orange Pi Win is available now on the Aliexpress store at €23,50 (+ €3,80 postage).
Orange Pi Win or Raspberry Pi 3?
The Orange Pi Win is a very credible alternative. On paper, he has everything to please. Unlike other manufacturer models that ship up to 16Gb of eMMC memory, the Pi Win has a dedicated connector that will add compatible cards. Orange Pi adopts the same strategy as Odroid. For the moment no card is offered on the shop. The Allwinner A64 also supports LCD monitor support (LVDS 1366×768 @ 60fps), now there is a connector for LCD screen.
Here is a small comparison table compared to Raspberry Pi 3.
|Orange Pi Win||Raspberry Pi 3|
|WiFi||IEEE 802.11 b/g/n||IEEE 802.11 b/g/n|
|IPEX connector for external antenna||X||–|
|GPIO||40 pins (1)||40 pins|
|USB OTG (5V power supply)||X||X|
|Power ON button||X||–|
|FM radio receiver||X||–|
|External battery connector||X||–|
|Average price (including postage)||about €27,30||about €40|
(1) Not compatible with the camera of the Raspberry Pi. It is necessary to use the camera 2MP sold by Orange Pi, which limits the interest of the connector.
(2) Raspberry Pi B + compatible connector. The connector is (always) rotated 180 ° from the Raspberry Pi!
Technical characteristics of the Orange Pi Pi Win
- CPU: ARM Cortex A53 Quad-core 64 firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz
- GPU: Mali400MP2
- Memory :
- RAM: 1GB DDR3
- EMMC: Connector
- Ethernet: 10/100 / 1000M
- Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b / g / n (AMPAK AP6212). APEX connector to replace antenna for larger range
- Bluetooth 4.0 (AMPAK AP6212)
- FM radio receiver
- Video output:
- HDMI (1.4 with HDCP1.2 up to 4k @ 30fps)
- LCD (LVDS 1366×768 @ 60fps)
- Audio Output: Jack + HMDI (supported by Ubuntu – Pulse Audio)
- USB 2.0: x4
- Micro-USB 2.0 (OTG): x1
- Camera: 1080p @ 30fps
- GPIO: 40 pin
- Microphone: x1 (from the jack)
- IR: x1
- Dimensions: 93mm × 60mm
- Weight: 48g
- Power supply 5V / 3A (recommended)
- By USB connector OTG
- DC 4.0×1.7mm
- Connector for external battery (selector)
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