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Orange Pi Zero2 SBC debuts Allwinner H616

Nov 2, 2020 — by Eric Brown 6,748 views

Shenzhen Xunlong has launched a tiny, $16 “Orange Pi Zero2” SBC with a new quad -A53 Allwinner H616 SoC, up to 1GB RAM, GbE, 802.11ac, BT 5.0, micro-HDMI, USB 2.0, and 26- and 13-pin GPIO headers.

Shenzhen Xunlong has added to its long list of open-spec Orange Pi SBCs with an Orange Pi Zero2 model that updates the Orange Pi Zero. The Zero2 has grown to 60 x 53mm compared to 48 x 46mm for the Zero, but switches to a much faster quad-core, Cortex-A53 based Allwinner H616 processor compared to the quad -A7 Allwinner H2. It offers several other improvements including micro-HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, and dual-band WiFi-ac with Bluetooth 5.0.

Orange Pi Zero2
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Available for $16 with 512MB RAM, the Orange Pi Zero2 is upgradable to 1GB for an undisclosed price. The detail view also shows a 256MB option.

The open-spec Zero2 joins several other community-backed, Zero-branded boards including an Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 board available with an Allwinner H3 (quad -A7) or Allwinner H5 (1.2GHz quad -A53). There is also an Orange Pi Zero H2+ with the same features as the Zero, but with a slightly improved Allwinner H2+ instead of an H2. These and other Orange Pi boards are sorted out in our catalog of 136 Linux hacker boards.


The Orange Pi Zero2 was unveiled back in Aug. 2019 but it does not appear to have shipped. The new model offers improved specs, including the advance to Gigabit Ethernet. There was no formal announcement, but AndroidPimp reported on the product several days ago. The specs and detail view images appear to have been taken from the Orange Pi site on AliExpress, but the entry has since been removed. Amazon has posted most of the specs on its Zero2 shopping page and the AliExpress listings should return soon.

The Orange Pi Zero2 runs Android 10, Ubuntu, or Debian on the Allwinner H616 (PDF), a scaled-back version of the quad-core, Cortex-A53 Allwinner H6 found on boards such as the Orange Pi 3. The H616 tops out at 1.5GHz compared to up to 1.8GHz on the H6, and offers a less powerful, but more power efficient Mali-G31 GPU compared to the Mali-T720. Unlike the older Mali-T720, the Mali-G31 offers Arm’s Bitfrost architecture, possibly putting it line to support the emerging, open source Panfrost graphics driver.

The AndroidPimp report says the Allwinner H616 has 20 percent lower power consumption than the H6. The story says that the H616 also adds Alwinner’s SmartColor3.3TM picture enhancement engine for Dolby and DTS audio processing.

Orange Pi Zero2 detail views, front and back
Source: Shenzhen Xunlong via AndroidPimp
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The Orange Pi Zero2 is equipped with GbE, USB 2.0, and micro-HDMI ports. Other features include a microSD slot and an an 802.11ac/BT 5.0 module with antenna and a USB Type-C for power. In addition to the earlier 26-pin GPIO header, there is a new 13-pin header with extension board that provides TV CVBS, audio out, IR, and a pair of USB 2.0 pins.

Specifications listed for the Orange Pi Zero2 include:

  • Processor — Allwinner H616 (4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.5GHz); Mali-TG31 MP2 GPU with OpenGL ES 1.0/2.0/3.2 and OpenCL 2.0
  • Memory/storage:
    • 512MB or 1GB DDR3 RAM; possible 256MB option
    • 2MB SPI flash
    • MicroSD slot
  • Networking:
    • 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet port
    • Ampak AW859A module with dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0
    • WiFi/BT antenna
  • Media I/O:
    • Micro-HDMI 2.0a port with audio at up to 4K@60fps
    • TV CVBS output and analog audio via 13-pin interface board
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 2.0 host port
    • 2x USB 2.0 via 13-pin interface board
    • USB Type-C port with power input
    • Serial debug interface
    • 13-pin GPIO with 2x USB, IR pin, TV-out, audio, and 3x GPIO
    • 26-pin GPIO header with I2C, SPI, UART, and GPIOs
  • Other features — Power and status LEDs
  • Power — via USB Type-C; PMU
  • Dimensions — 60 x 53mm
  • Operating systems — Android 10; Ubuntu; Debian

Further information

The Orange Pi Zero2 is available on Amazon for $15.99 with 512MB RAM, with shipments due Nov. 12. It should soon appear on Shenzhen Xunlong’s AliExpress page. Details should soon appear on the Orange Pi wiki.


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7 responses to “Orange Pi Zero2 SBC debuts Allwinner H616”

  1. Gediz says:

    I think there may be a little mistake in the name of the SoC.

  2. Jeff Child, Chief Editor- LinuxGizmos says:

    That Gediz. Good catch. We have made the correction.

  3. Mr Tool says:

    I hope they will do also an OrangePi R2 with 2 GBit Interfaces

    The R1 is my main Router in the LAN (running OpenWRT)
    and works solid as a rock – secure, fast, reliable and maximum throughput.

    since my provider offers more than 100MBit, i would be glad to get this bandwith.

  4. Steven says:

    We will release this model soon. It should be available before mid of December.

  5. alexander says:

    I bought one, dont. mine wont run android, armbian wont use wifi. debian and ubuntu work-slowly. This is garbage

  6. Marc Brian says:

    Whats the best way to set get an camera on one of these ? Linux/android to bring it up and use camera driver ? or bare metal application with direct camera interface ?

  7. Giorgio Mendoza says:

    I think this particular model doesn’t offer a camera interface. This video is a little old but it might still relevant to you

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