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Orange Pi 800 Keyboard PC - A Raspberry Pi 400 alternative powered by Rockchip RK3399

There is now an alternative to the Raspberry Pi 400 Orange Pi 800 Keyboard PC with a very similar design but powered by a Cortex-A72 / A53 hex-core Rockchip RK3399 processor

Like the Raspberry Pi, the Orange Pi 800 comes with 4GB of RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 5 dual-band and Bluetooth 5.0, two USB 3.0 ports and a USB 2.0 port, but also adds 64GB of onboard flash storage and features a full-size HDMI port capable of 4Kp60 resolution plus a VGA port, instead of two micro HDMI ports.

PC alternative with Raspberry Pi 400 keyboard

Orange Pi 800 specifications:

  • SoC - Rockchip RK3399 large hexa-core. SMALL processor with 2 Arm Cortex-A72 cores up to 1.8 GHz, 4 Arm Cortex-A53 cores up to 1.4 GHz and an Arm Mali-T860MP4 GPU
  • System memory - 4 GB LPDDR4
  • Storage - 64 GB eMMC flash, microSD card slot
  • Video output
    • HDMI 2.0 port up to 4Kp60
    • VGA port up to Full HD resolution
  • Audio
    • 3.5 mm audio jack (headphones + microphone).
    • Integrated speaker (s) and microphone
    • Digital audio via HDMI
  • networking
    • 1x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port
    • WiFi 5 dual band 802.11b / g / n / ac and Bluetooth 5.0 LE
  • Keyboard - 78-key QWERTY keyboard
  • USB - 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Extension - 26-pin GPIO header
  • Power supply - 5V through type C port
  • Dimensions - 286 x 122 x 22mm
  • Weight - 385 grams

Orange Pi 800 portsThe product page in English has nothing about the software, but the Chinese one says that the Orange Pi 800 will come with the Chromium operating system and will include Scratch and Python tools by default, highlighting the educational emphasis of the product. It appears that the company is working on its own operating system, as well as the “Orange Pi OS”, described as a lightweight operating system based on Arch Linux (Arm), and which will support all Orange Pi hardware, including Orange Pi 800 .

Orange Pi OS
Orange Pi OS

It is not yet available for download, but you can find some additional details on the Orange Pi website. I guess that’s good news, although I’m a little surprised that they didn’t work with a system based on Debian or Ubuntu, especially since they already have a bunch of boards supported by Armbian.

I have no information about price and availability for the new keyboard computer, because I just came across it on the company’s website. I would expect a launch in the next few days or weeks, and to be a viable alternative, the Orange Pi 800 should be competitively priced compared to the Raspberry Pi 400 which was launched for $ 70, but is now close. sold as part of a $ 100 kit with mouse, keyboard, cables, and programming card.

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