The Orange Pi 5B is unveiled with a low price tag. Just two days ago Orange Pi released their latest single board computer (SBC) the Orange Pi 5B to meet the demand of the marketplace. The SBC is expected to be quite popular, holding its own against the likes of Raspberry PI and BeagleBone Black with similar features.
The compact Orange Pi 5B has many features and connectivity options. The unit runs on an Octa-core processor equipped with two separate clusters, the 4x Cortex-A76, and 4x Cortex-A55. These two packages can run at clock speeds of up 2.4GHz.
For the graphics, there is a Mali-G610 MP4 offering excellent performance and allowing the computer to run fun applications and develop software such as games and multimedia playback.
One of the significant enhancements to the 5B is the storage and overall memory onboard. There is 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, in the base version, which is better for game development and multimedia playback. There is also 32GB of eMMC storage, which is a great deal of space for such a small SBC.
The connectivity options are bountiful, with Bluetooth 5.3, Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band Wi-Fi6, and USB 3.1. This is about as easy as it gets to connect to devices and the internet, and any compatible peripherals that might be used.
The Orange Pi 5B doesn’t lack in the I/O department either, with an HDMI 2.1 port, that supports 8K resolution at 60Hz. This was a thoughtful addition and well worth the effort to develop because many beginners and established developers are using higher-resolution media, and developing games for the SBCs they are buying.
There is also a 3.5mm audio jack, which is very handy, and also sports a built-in microphone. The microphone is something being seen in the SBC marketplace more often now, as voice commands are being used more and more in the average project build.
The board also features support for a number of different software applications, such as Android, Debian, Armbian, Ubuntu, and more.
Pricing starts at $89 USD and has a threshold of $100. To find out more about the Orange Pi 5B see the product page on the website here.
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