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Under $15 open spec SBC offers Allwinner H5, GbE, and WiFi

Aug 17, 2017 — by Eric Brown 4,563 views

The Orange Pi Zero Plus is a quad -A53 version of the Zero that advances to Gigabit Ethernet. You also get WiFi, USB host and OTG, and Linux/Android images.

Shenzhen Xunlong is clearly trying to mess with our minds. The 48 x 46mm Orange Pi Zero that arrived last November with a quad-core Cortex-A7 Allwinner H2 was followed by two similarly sized versions of the Orange Pi Zero Plus 2: a model called the Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 with a quad -A7, 4K-ready Allwinner H3 SoC, and an Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 H5 model with a 64-bit, Cortex-A53 Allwinner H5. So with two Plus 2’s where was the Orange Pi Zero Plus? Here it is at last, now with a 48 x 45mm footprint, a quad -A53 H5 SoC, and a $14.90 price instead of $18.90 and $19.90 for the earlier Plus 2 H3 and H5 models.

Orange Pi Zero Plus, front and back
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Compared to the Plus 2 models, the Plus has lost its 8GB of eMMC, HDMI port, and MIPI-CSI camera port. It has also shed its Bluetooth radio, as the Ampak WiFi/BT module was replaced with a WiFi-only Realtek RTL8189FTV. There are, however, two major additions: a GbE port and a USB 2.0 host port.

Orange Pi Zero Plus front detail view
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What you end up with is basically a 64-bit Cortex-A53 version of the Orange Pi Zero. The major differences include the upgrading of the Ethernet port to 10/100/1000Mbps (although you lose the PoE capability), and the addition of a smidgen of SPI flash for microSD boot. It also has a set price with 512MB RAM instead of the Zero’s 256MB ($7) and 512MB ($12.30) options. The two boards have the same 26-gram weight compared to 20 grams for the Plus 2 models.

Orange Pi Zero Plus rear detail view
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As with all these Orange Pi Zero predecessors, the Plus provides a microSD slot, although it’s limited to 32GB instead of 64GB. It also similarly supplies GPIO, serial debug, and a 13-pin interface that provides TV out among other functions. As before, there’s an old-time Raspberry Pi-like 26-pin connector.

Like the other models, the Orange Pi Zero Plus provides images for Android 5.1, Lubuntu, Debian, and either Armbian or Raspbian, depending on the citation on the product page vs. the Alibaba shopping page. Like all other Orange Pi models, many of which are listed in our 2017 hacker board survey, this is an open-spec board with community support.

Orange Pi Zero Plus angle views
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Specifications listed for the Orange Pi Zero Plus include:


  • Processor — Allwinner H5 (4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.2GHz); ARM Mali-450 MP2 GPU
  • Memory — 512MB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage — MicroSD slot up to 32GB; 2MB SPI flash
  • Wireless — 802.11b/g/n (Realtek RTL8189FTV); antenna
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 2.0 host port
    • Micro-USB 2.0 OTG port (with power input)
    • GPIO (1×3) pin
    • Serial debug interface
    • 13-pin function interface (TV out, mic, earphone, mic, 2x USB 2.0, IR)
    • 26-pin header compatible with Raspberry Pi B+
  • Other features — power & status LEDs
  • Power — 5V to 5.5V via micro-USB OTG
  • Dimensions — 48 x 46mm
  • Weight — 26 g
  • Operating systems – Android 5.1, Ubuntu, Debian, Raspbian

Further information

The Orange Pi Zero Plus is available for $14.90 plus about $3.30 in shipping to the U.S. More information may be found on the Alibaba Orange Pi Zero Plus shopping page and Shenzhen Xunlong’s Orange Pi Zero Plus product page.

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One response to “Under $15 open spec SBC offers Allwinner H5, GbE, and WiFi”

  1. pepa65 says:

    No SATA no joy.

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