So what you see here is the Pine 64 – which, like the FriendlyArm NanoPi64 uses a quad-core 64-bit CPU. This particular board has 1GB RAM (max 2GB)and is missing the Bluetooth/WIFI module ( the pins on the right side).
I’m having trouble with this one – that is, seeing the point of it. As the photo depicts it is BIG – chopped up you could easily fit three Orange Pi Zeros into the same space and at least 2 M3 boards (the ones behind).
So to be fair, it DOES have a beta (if you like using beta software) Android 7 available – I’ve installed it, it works but is not stunningly fast – no-where near as fast as a typical mobile phone for example) – and not too many board manufacturers can claim that (this release of Android won’t even start up on the NanoPi A64). So if a modern Android is your thing then, well, I guess you’ll find the board useful. There is also a WiringOP for it (GPIO) but I understand that is somewhat incomplete.
If Android is not your thing and you want to do some control stuff, I cannot think of any good reason to go for this rather than something like the much cheaper Orange Pi Zero or perhaps the M1 or M2.
Well, I said it would be a quicky. Oh and the chip gets hot – it needs a heatsink and there are no mounting holes around the processor to fit one.
So – the board with 1GB RAM is only $19 – that’s good right? But then if you want the Bluetooth and WIFI that comes WITH several other boards, that’s another $10. Add shipping to the UK and you are now looking at $40. With the current atrocious conversion rate you could buy a Raspberry Pi 3 for that. Go for the 2GB version and you’ll looking at $50+
I’m thinking at the roughly $50 price range – perhaps the Odroid C2 wipes the floor with this? What do you think?
So – what did I miss? Why would one want one of these? Someone enlighten me… there have to be some plus points?
Right –back to fitting a LED to my thermometer gauge.