The NanoPi Neo4 is the most cost effective six-core, single-board laptop to be launched, boasting comparatively trendy options like USB three.zero and assist for 4K shows.
However there is a catch, the board could solely price $45, solely $10 greater than the Raspberry Pi three B+, but it surely solely comes with 1GB of reminiscence.
This restricted quantity of DDR3 RAM will probably bottleneck the board’s RK3399 system on a chip (SoC), which packs the Arm-based dual-core A72 and quad-core A53 processors.
In the event you can work inside limitations of the reminiscence, the board additionally helps fairly quick knowledge switch through its USB three.zero and Gigabit Ethernet ports, in addition to one USB 2.zero Kind-C port. Moreover, there’s potential for including quick SSD storage through a PCIe x2 interface.
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The Neo4 outputs to 4K shows through HDMI 2.zero and helps 4K 60FPS playback of VP9- and H265/H264-encoded video, though clean playback could also be undercut by the 1GB reminiscence.
These specs outstrip the Pi three B+ in most respects, and whereas Pi three B+ has the identical quantity of reminiscence because the Neo4, the NanoPi board makes use of quicker DDR3 reminiscence than the DDR2 discovered on the Pi. Nevertheless, the Pi three B+ does have extra populated Kind-A USB ports, with 4 on the Pi in comparison with two on the Neo4. The Pi three B+ additionally helps quicker Wi-Fi, 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) in comparison with 802.11n (Wi-Fi four) on the Neo4.
The Neo4 helps a variety of Linux-based working programs, together with a customized model of Ubuntu 18.04, Lubuntu 16.04 and Android eight.1 (in the event you purchase a further 16GB eMMC module for $12).
The board’s makers say the NanoPi Neo4 is suited to growing a variety of software program and hardware. The NanoPi Neo4 shares the identical 40-pin header structure because the Raspberry Pi, however is smaller than the Pi three B+, measuring simply 60mm x 45mm.
An early overview of the board says it may very well be a “good pocket server” however mentions the issue in housing the Neo4’s large heatsink in a case, as nicely the necessity for a further fan for cooling if you’re planning sustained heavy use. It additionally mentions that it is troublesome to hook hardware to the Neo4’s PCIe x2 interface at current, as a result of lack of appropriate add-on boards.
As with most single-board computer systems, it is value noting that few boards are as accessible or supply the identical breadth of secure software program because the Pi. Some customers of latest NanoPi boards have additionally encountered driver issues and system setup points, so this board could also be one for the extra technically proficient.
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