Raspberry Pi alternatives 2020: Powerful Pi Zero W Alternatives

Raspberry Pi alternatives 2020

The known popular Raspberry Pi Zero W board based on the Broadcom BCM2835 ARM11 Architecture sold at a price tag of $14. In this comparison overview, we will be comparing three known Chinese Brands. Orange Pi, Banana Pi, ROCK PI and FriendlyElec that offer low power, tiny in size and cheap SBCs. This comparison is based on hardware specifications each board has to offer including their prices.

Raspberry Pi Zero W

2020 Head-to-Head Comparison with Chinese Brands

         Brand

      Raspberry

         Banana Pi

     FriendlyElec

       Orange Pi 

         Rock Pi

SBC Model

     Pi Zero W

       BPI-M2 Zero

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  NanoPi NEO LTS

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        Pi Zero LTS

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    ROCK PI S 

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CPU

Broadcom BCM2835 1 GHz ARM1176JZF-S single-core

H2+ Quad-core Cortex-A7 H265/HEVC 1080P

Allwinner H3
Quad-core (4)x
Cortex-A7 Up to 1.2GHz

H2+ Quad-core Cortex-A7 Up to 1.2GHz

Rockchip RK3308 Quad A35 64bit

GPU

VideoCore IV

Mali400MP2 GPU @600MHz,Supports OpenGL ES 2.0

 Mali400MP2 GPU @600MHz,Supports OpenGL ES 2.0

Mali400MP2 GPU @600MHz,Supports OpenGL ES 2.0

            NOPE

Memory (SDRAM)

512 MB DDR2

512M DDR3(shared with GPU)

256MB/512MB DDR3 SDRAM(Share with GPU)

256MB/512MB DDR3 SDRAM(Share with GPU)

256MB/512MB DDR3 SDRAM(Share with GPU)

Onboard Storage

TF card (Max. 64GB)

TF card (Max. 64GB)

TF card (Max. 64GB)

TF card (Max. 32GB)

TF card (Max. 64GB)

Onboard Ethernet

NOPE

NOPE

10/100M Ethernet

10/100M Ethernet

10/100M Ethernet

PoE power

NOPE

 NOPE

NOPE

Optional PoE(additional HAT requried

Optional PoE(additional HAT requried

 Onboard flash

NOPE

NOPE

NOPE

2MB Spi Flash

NOPE

Onboard WIFI

802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.1

SDIO AP6212(option AP6181、AP6335)

NOPE

802.11 b/g/n

NOPE

Video decoding

1080p30 H.264/MPEG-4 AVC high-profile decoder and encoder

[email protected],H.264 Video encoding [email protected],H.264

[email protected],H.264 Video encoding [email protected],H.264

[email protected],H.264 Video encoding [email protected],H.264

 NOPE

Video input

CSI camera connector

CSI camera connector

NOPE

NOPE

NOPE

Video Outputs

Mini HDMI and USB On-The-Go ports

mini HDMI 1.4,[email protected], DHCP

2.54mm pitch 36pin. It includes UART, SPI, I2C, IO etc

Through the
13 Pins Header

HDMI ARC Through the 26 pin header

Audio Output

Mini HDMI

Mini HDMI

NOPE

Through the13 Pins Header

Through the 26 pin voice/audio header

Power Source

Micro USB with 5V/2A

Micro USB with 5V/2A

Micro USB with 5V/2A

Micro USB with 5V/2A

Type-C USB with 5V/2A

USB Ports

  1x USB 2.0 OTG

   1x USB 2.0 OTG

1x USB v2.0 Host
1x USB 2.0 OTG

  1x USB 2.0 OTG

1x USB Type C OTG
1x Host v2.0 Host 

Buttons

Composite video and reset headers

Power Button
Reset Button

NONE

   Power Button

Reset Buttom
Maskrom Buttom

Low-level peripherals

40 PIN

40 pins Header,compatible with Raspberry Pi 3

36 pins Header.  includes UART, SPI, I2C, IO etc

26 Pins Header
13 Pins Header, with 2x USB, IR pin, AUDIO(MIC, AV)

26 pin header
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26 pin voice/audio header includes I2S, PCM, TDM, PDM,

uart GPIO(1x3) pin

UART

UART, ground

UART

UART

UART

LED

Power Status LED

Power led & Status led

Power led & Status led

Power Status LED

Power led & Status led

IR

N/A

N/A

N/A

Through the
13 Pins Header

NOPE

Supported OS

OSMC
RetroPie
Lakka
NOOBS
Alpine Linux
Raspbian Jessie

Android 4.4 /7.0
RetroPie
Armbian
Raspbian Jessie

Ubuntu Core 16.04
OpenWrt
Armbian
DietPi

Android 4.4
Armbian
Lubuntu
Debian

Debian
Armbian

Product Size

65mm x 30mm

65mm × 30mm

40*40mm

46x28mm

43x43mm

Weight

9g

15g

unknown

26g

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Price

$10-14

$18

$14.99

$10.49

$11.99

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The Winner!

In the specifications arena, the Orange Pi Zero LTS SBC is a clear winner. Powered by the H2 Plus Allwinner SoC this board is currently the cheapest amongst the boards covered in this overview with a price tag of $10 (Excluding shipping fee). While other SBCs only offer wifi or ethernet connectivity, this SBC offers both two worlds with an external IPX socket for connecting an external antenna as well as built-in 10/100 MB/s Ethernet LAN interface.

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