Does this look familiar to you? I’ve not had a chance to test one of these but I thought it worth bringing the Banana Pi Zero to your attention and can make some preliminary comments..
In many quarters the Banana Pi is held in high regard. I tested the Raspberry Pi Zero elsewhere in this blog and while being small, light and cheap, it was also a slow as a dead snail, taking many, many hours just to run my normal install script – WAY slower than anything else I’d used in the past.
However there is no doubt that there is interest in a super small Linux machine by the interest in the Pi Zero which despite being sluggish is very popular. Depending on price which I’ve not yet been able to find, the Banana Pi Zero then – which seems almost identical in size to the Raspberry Pi Zero, could be a winner. Yes, it has Bluetooth and WIFI on-board, yes it is also limited to 512Mb RAM and yes it has mini-HDMI out and is powered by an H2+ chip. However according to the spec, it does not have audio in or out.
Part of the success or failure of this Banana Pi Zero device, as it does not have Ethernet – will be the sensitivity and reliability of the WIFI and that will have to wait for a future date to test.