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$30 NanoPi M1 Plus Has a Smaller Footprint Than a Raspberry Pi

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It’s tough to defeat the value on offer with a Raspberry Pi$38.31 at Amazon online marketplace. You get yourself a very competent Linux PC in a credit card-sized package. But there are some areas where it may be enhanced, specifically, deficiency of on-board memory space. That is where the NanoPi M1 Plus from FriendlyElec comes in. It’s looking to play competitively with the Raspberry Pi by adding on on-board memory space. Additionally, it is two-thirds the size and only costs $29.99.

The 64*60mm NanoPi M1 Plus employs an Allwinner H3 quad-core Cortex A7 central processor operating at 1.2GHz. That’s backed up by a Mali 400MP2 graphics processing unit operating at 600Megahertz and 1GB of DDR3 RAM. Space for storage could be expanded using a micro SD card, but distinct from the Raspberry Pi, this single PCB board comprises of 8GB of eMMC storage space as standard. That’s more than enough for an OS.

Moreover, FriendlyElec includes support for running Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Core, and even Debian. Also there is a Gigabit Ethernet interface, 802.11b/g/n wi-fi, an Infrared sensor, BT 4.0, microphone, HDMI v1.4 equipped with support for as high as 1080p image resolution output, three USB 2.0 ports, Micro-USB for power supply, and moreover power and reset control buttons. The 40-pin GPIO can also be working with the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO.

At $30 you’re going to get the board, a power supply cable, and aerial. You will find a selection of optional extras to obtain which include a 5Megapixel camera component, heatsink, GPS component, 3-axis digital compass, and others meaning that FriendlyElec aims to hit the ground running against the recognized Raspberry Pi line-up.

It appears the NanoPi M1 Plus will not likely beat the Raspberry Pi’s dominance, but that is in no small part due to the Pi already having a well known ecosystem around it. If all that’s necessary is a very small single-board PC, however, the NanoPi is undoubtedly worth a peek.


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NanoPi M1 Plus: Μικροσκοπικό PC που τρέχει Ubuntu

FriendlyElec releases Ubuntu Linux-ready NanoPi M1 Plus — a $30 Raspberry Pi killer

FriendlyElec releases Ubuntu Linux-ready NanoPi M1 Plus — a $30 Raspberry Pi killer

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