Shenzhen Xunlong released a small SBC Orange Pi Zero2 for $16 with a new square -A53 Allwinner H616 SoC, up to 1GB RAM, GbE, 802.11ac, BT 5.0, micro-HDMI, USB 2.0 and 26 and 13 pin GPIO headers.
Shenzhen Xunlong has added the Orange Pi Zero2 in Orange to the long list of open Orange Pi SBC’s, updating the Orange Pi Zero. The Zero2 has been increased to 60mm x 53mm versus 48mm x 46mm for the Zero, but it switches to a much faster Cortex-A53 quad-core processor based on the Allwinner H616 compared to the Allwinner H2 -A7 quad-core processor. It offers a number of other enhancements, including micro-HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and dual-band Wi-Fi AC with Bluetooth 5.0.
Orange Pi Zero2
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The Orange Pi Zero2 is available for US$16 from 512 MB RAM and can be upgraded to 1 GB for a free price. The detailed overview also shows the 256MB option.
The Zero2 Open Specifier can be connected to various cards of other brands, including Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 cards, which are available with Allwinner H3 (quad-a7) or Allwinner H5 (quad-a53 at 1.2 GHz). There is also Orange Pi Zero H2+ with the same characteristics as Zero, but with a slightly improved Allwinner H2+ instead of H2. These and other Orange Pi cards are included in our catalogue of 136 hackers for Linux.
Orange Pi Zero2 has already been launched in August 2019, but does not seem to have been delivered yet. The new model offers improved features, including migration to Gigabit Ethernet. There was no official announcement, but AndroidPimp announced the product a few days ago. It seems that the specifications and detailed images of the Orange Pi website have been sent to AliExpress, but the record has been removed in the meantime. Amazon has put most of the specs on its Zero2 shopping page, and the AliExpress list should be available soon.
Orange Pi Zero2 runs on Android 10, Ubuntu or Debian on Allwinner H1616, a lighter version of the Cortex-A53 Allwinner H6 quad-core, found on boards like Orange Pi 3. The H1616 operates at 1.5 GHz, compared to 1.8 GHz for the H6, and is equipped with a Mali G31 graphics processor, less powerful but more energy efficient than the Mali T720. Unlike the old Mali-T720, the Mali-G31 is equipped with Arm’s Bitfrost architecture, perhaps adapted to support the new open-source Panfrost graphics driver.
According to the AndroidPimp report, the H1616 Allwinner uses 20% less energy than the H6. The story goes that the H1616 also adds Alwinner’s SmartColor3.3TM image enhancement engine for Dolby and DTS sound processing.
Orange Pi Zero2 detail view, front and rear
source : Shenzhen Xunlon via AndroidPimp
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Orange Pi Zero2 is equipped with GbE, USB 2.0 and micro HDMI ports. Other features include a microSD slot and an 802.11ac/BT 5.0 module with antenna and a type C USB power supply. In addition to the existing 26-pin GPIO header, there is a new 13-pin expansion card header that provides CVBS TV, audio, IR output and a pair of USB 2.0 pins.
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The listed specifications for Pi Zero2 orange include
- Processor – Allwinner H616 (4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.5GHz); Mali-TG31 MP2-GPU with OpenGL ES 1.0/2.0/3.2 and OpenCL 2.0
- Memory/storage :
- 512 MB or 1 GB DDR3 RAM; optional : 256 MB
- 2 MB SPI Flash
- MicroSD lock
- 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet connection
- Ampak AW859A module with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual-band interface and Bluetooth 5.0.
- WiFi/BT antenna
- Media input/output :
- HDMI 2.0a Microphone jack with audio up to [E-mail protected].
- Supports CVBS TV output and analogue audio via a 13-pin
- Other inputs/outputs :
- USB 2.0 docking port
- 2x USB 2.0 via 13-pin interface card
- USB connection type C with power input
- Serial debugging interface
- 13-pin GPIO with 2x USB, IR-Pin, TV output, audio and 3x GPIO
- 26-pin GPIO header with I2C, SPI, UART and GPIO.
- Additional functions – power and status LEDs
- Power supply – via USB type C; PMU
- Dimensions – 60 x 53 mm
- Operating systems – Android 10; Ubuntu; Debian
Orange Pi Zero2 is available on Amazon for $15.99 with 512 MB RAM and is scheduled for release on November 12. November. It should appear soon on Shenzhen Xunlong’s AliExpress page. The details should appear in the orange Pi-Wiki soon.