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Orange Pie 3
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The Raspberry Pi Foundation launched its updated mini-computer Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ with built-in Bluetooth and 802.11ac Wi-Fi in November. But what if you are looking for an alternative? In that case, the Orange Pi lineup of SBCs (single board computers) definitely needs to be mentioned.

Just recently, Allwinner A6-based Orange Pi 3 computer has been made available via AliExpress. This full-fledged SBC follows Orange Pi One Plus and Orange Pi Lite2, which were limited to 1GB RAM.

The Pi 3 release hopefully addresses the concerns of users who complained that Lite2 and One Plus weren’t able to fully take advantage of the powerful Allwinner H6 SoC.

Orange Pi 3
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Talking about the specs, Orange Pi 3 comes with 1GB/2GB RAM, 4 USB 3.0 ports, optional 8GB eMMC storage, and a mini-PCIe slot. The users can also load Linux 4.19-based Ubuntu and Debian images provided by the Armbian community, as reported by LinuxGizmos.com.

The Allwinner H6 quad-core Cortex A53 processor can be clocked up to 1.8 GHz. It comes with RK3399-like peripheral support and Mali-T720 MP2 GPU with OpenGL ES3 and DirectX 11. The latest product from Orange Pi also supports “H.265 6K @ 30fps” video decoding and H.264 4K @ 30fps video encoding.

Orange Pi 3 costs $29.90 for 1GB RAM variant and $39.90 for 2GB RAM and 8GB eMMC version of the SBC.

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Adarsh Verma
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