NanoPi NEO4 is the Cheapest Small form Factor Raspberry Pi rival for $45
Following FriendlyELEC previous launch of their NanoPC-T4 and NanoPi M4 boards based on the RK3399 SoC, the company continues its latest product line with a very small form factor SBC called the NanoPi NEO4. The new board is expected to be low cost with well-balanced specs for most end users.
The company provides Image support for Ubuntu Desktop 18.04(64-bit), Lubuntu 16.04(32-bit), Ubuntu Core 18.04(64-bit) and Lubuntu Desktop with GPU and VPU acceleration for the board, as well as the usually detailed documentation in their Wiki. Note there appears to be only a 1GB RAM version available, so the board may not be suitable for all applications, but if you are after something inexpensive and still high performance in processing power compared to the Raspberry Pi boards, then this is a good and cheap alternative.
FriendlyELEC currently offers the board for $45.00 plus shipping, with the usual standard accessories at an extra cost considering, such as a 16GB EMMC Chip module, power supply, power/data cable, and a very massive yet effective passive cooling heating unit made from aluminum which costs $5.99 that I personally recommend buying.
NanoPi NEO4 | Front
NanoPi NEO4 | Back
NanoPi NEO4 + Heatsink
NanoPi NEO4 board specifications:
SoC – Rockchip RK3399 big.LITTLE Hexa-core processor with 2x Arm Cortex-A72 @ up to 2.0GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.5GHz, a Mali-T864 GPU with support OpenGL ES1.1/2.0/3.0/3.1, OpenVG1.1, OpenCL, DX11, and AFBC, and a VPU with 4K VP9 and 4K 10-bit H265/H264 decoding
System Memory – 1GB DDR3-1866
Storage – eMMC module socket, micro SD card slot
Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDCP 1.4/2.2 support
Camera – 1x 4-lane MIPI-CSI connector for the camera up to 13MP
Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 2.4 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 with 1x u.FL antenna connector
USB – 1x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 2.0 type-C port with OTG mode and power input, 1x USB 2.0 type A port, 1x USB 2.0 interface via 2.54mm header
40-pin GPIO1 header with 2x 3V I2C, 1x 3V UART/SPI, 1x SPDIF_TX, up to 8x 3V GPIOs, PCIe x2, 1x PWM, PowerKey
GPIO2 header with 1x 1.8V 8ch I2S
GPIO3 header with debugging UART, 1x USB 2.0
Misc – Power LED, user, LED, 2-pin header for RTC battery
Power Supply – 5V/3A via USB-C port; RK808-D PMIC
Dimensions – 60 x 45 mm (8-layer PCB)
Temperature Range – -20℃ to 70℃