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Orange Pi Unveils Cost-Effective Alternative to RPi Zero 2W

Sep 8, 2023 — by Giorgio Mendoza 14,131 views

Orange Pi has just released an affordable development board with a form factor similar to the Raspberry Pi Zero 2W. The Orange Pi Zero 2W is powered by the Allwinner H618 quad-core processor and offers configurations with up to 4GB of LPDDR4 memory.

The Orange Pi Zero 2W is powered by the same Allwinner processor seen on Orange Pi Zero 3 covered in early July 2023.

  • Allwinner H618Quad-core Cortex-A53 (up to 1.5 GHz); Mali G31 MP2 GPU; w/ OpenGL ES 1.0/2.0/3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan 1.1 support

Orange Pi Zero 2W peripherals
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Customers can choose from various RAM configurations, ranging from 1GB to 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Additionally, the board includes 16MB of SPI Flash and a MicroSD card slot for expanded storage options.

Orange Pi Zero 2W pinout
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This Orange Pi device provides interfaces similar to the Raspberry Pi Zero 2W, including a Mini HDMI port with support for 4K@60fps resolution, dual USB Type-C ports, and a 40-pin expansion header that offers compatibility with GPIOs, 5x UART, I2C, 1x SPI, 4x PWM, and more.

Orange Pi Zero 2W and expansion board
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There is also a compatible expansion board available which offers additional features such as a 3.5mm audio jack, 1x RJ45 (100Mbps) port, and various other peripherals.

Specification listed for the Orange Pi Zero 2W board :

  • Memory/Storage:
    • Up to 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
    • 16MB Flash
    • 1x MicroSD card slot
  • Display/Audio:
    • 1x Mini HDMI 2.0
  • Connectivity:
    • Wi-Fi 5.0+BT 5.0/BLE
  • I/O Interfaces:
    • 40x GPIOs
    • 24-pin connector
  • USB:
    • 2x Type-C USB 2.0
  • Power:
    • 5V/2A (via USB Type-C)
    • AXP313a PMU 
  • Mechanical:
    • 30mm x 65mm x 1.2mm
    • 12.5g

Further information

These devices are available on Amazon and AliExpress. The prices on AliExpress are $12.90, $15.90, $18.00 and $23.00 for the 1GB/1.5GB/2GB and 4GB variants respectively.

Similarly, the prices on Amazon start at $15.99, $18.99, $21.99 and $26.99 for the same variants. This other Amazon link also lists the Orange Pi Zero 2W, but the orders include a power supply and the expansion module. 

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5 responses to “Orange Pi Unveils Cost-Effective Alternative to RPi Zero 2W”

  1. Dmytro R. says:

    That should be a great alternative to Pi Zero W2. Finally something of the same size with more RAM in 2023, yay!

  2. slabua says:

    No camera interface?

  3. Ray Knight says:

    They missed an opportunity by not enabling the ability to use the Pi Zero type Hats that use pogo pins. See the similar board which has the pads in the appropriate position so the pogo pin hats are functional.

  4. LinuxLover says:

    Tempted to get one just because it’s so damn cheap even though i have zero use for it RN

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