Short Bytes: A new addition to the community of single board computers is the Orange Pi PC 2. It is a Linux computer which packs a 64-bit quad-core CPU. It can run various Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, Raspbian, and Android. The tiny computer is available for $20.

Here is another cheap Linux machine that you can add to your single board computer collection. The Orange Pi PC 2 is the new offering from Shenzhen Xunlong Software CO., Limited. Even though the tiny hacker board isn’t as cheap as the $4 VoCore2 Lite, its $20 price tag is justified by the hardware it packs inside. And, it also saves you $15 if you don’t want to go for the $35 Raspberry Pi 3.

Orange Pi PC2 Specifications

CPU: Allwinner H5 64-bit Quadcore (Cortex-A53).


GPU: Mali-450.

Storage: 2MB NOR Flash, up to 64GB via MicroSD card.

Connectivity: 2xUSB 2.0, 1xUSB 2.0 OTG, HDMI, 10/1000 RJ45, IR receiver, camera interface, 40-pin header.

Audio: 3.5mm jack, inbuilt mic.

Operating System: Ubuntu Debian, Raspbian, Android.

The open source single board computer Orange Pi PC 2 is a great option for development purpose, IoT devices, and DIY projects. You can use it as a mini-computer, a wireless server, music and video player, etc.  It takes power using a separate power connector despite the fact that it has a micro-USB port. The absence of WiFi and Bluetooth is a slight turndown but USB 2.0 ports can be used to add these things. And after all, it is cheap.

The Orange Pi PC 2 is up for sale on AliExpress for $20. Get it here.

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