Sure, with a $35 price tag, the Raspberry Pi 2 is pretty cheap. Want something even cheaper? The makers of last year’s Orange Pi are back, and this time they’re offering a $15 single-board computer called the Orange Pi PC.
It’s a tiny PC with an Alwinner H3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and support for Android or Linux software.
You can pick one up from AliExpress for just $15 plus shipping.
The Allwinner H3 is an ARM Cortex-A7 processor with Mali-400 graphics. While it’s certainly not the fastest processor on the market, it’s a low-cost chip that’s supposed to be able to handle 4K video playback.
The Orange Pi PC has no built-in storage, but it features a microSD card slot for up to 64GB of removable storage. The system measures about 3.3″ x 2.2″ and weighs just 1.3 ounces.
Other features include an HDMI and AV ports, an infrared receiver, 10/100 Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports, a micro USB port, an AV port, a built-in microphone, and a 40-pin Raspberry Pi-compatible header, CSI interface for a camera, and power and status LEDs.
On paper, the Orange Pi PC seems like an interesting alternative to the Raspberry Pi. But there’s a much larger user base for Raspberry Pi products, which means it’s probably a lot easier to find software and support for a Raspberry Pi product than an Orange Pi device.
You can find Ubuntu, Raspbian, Debian, and Android software at the Orange Pi download page (note that there aren’t official builds for the Orange Pi PC yet, but software developed for the Orange Pi 2 and Mini 2 should work).