LattePanda’s single-board computers fit loosely into the same category as Raspberry Pi’s tiny PCs aimed at educators, students, makers, and other enthusiasts. But LattePanda’s mini PCs pack a lot more horsepower and app compatibility than most single-board computers.

That’s because they feature Intel x86 processors rather than ARM chips. But that hardware comes at a cost.

The LattePanda Alpha with an Intel Core m3 processor, for example, sells for $379 and up — more than 10 times the price of an entry-level Raspberry Pi 4 Model B.

But now there’s a cheaper option — the LattePanda Delta 432 with an Intel Celeron N4100 quad-core Gemini Lake processor is now available for about half the price.

LattePanda actually first introduced the Delta at the same time as the Alpha, when the company launched a crowdfunding campaign almost two years ago.

But a glance at the Kickstarter updates indicate that it took longer than expected to ship the Delta model to backers. Now you don’t need to back a crowdfunding project to get your hands on one though — it’s available from DFRobot in two versions:

Both versions feature 4GB of LPDDR4-2400 RAM and 32GB of eMMC 5.0 storage. And both support Linux, Windows, or other operating systems. The only difference is that one model comes with a Windows 10 Pro license.

The little computers feature integrated 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0, a Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI port, three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, and a USB 3.0 Type-C port.

There’s also a microSD card reader, 3.5mm audio jack, and two M.2 connectors that you can use to add PCIe storage or other accessories.

Basically, the little PCs are pocket-sized computers that you can use to run just about any modern operating system. Thanks to two 50-pin GPIO connectors and an Arduino co-processor, they’re also hacker-friendly devices. And there are a variety of official and unofficial cases and other accessories for the LattePanda ecosystem.

I’m not entirely sure when the LattePanda Delta 432 became available for purchase from DFRobot, but I first noticed it thanks to a recent post from French website MiniMachines.

 

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6 replies on “LattePanda Delta single-board PC with Intel Gemini Lake now available for $188 and up ($228 with Windows 10)”

  1. Microcenter has the a300 barebone +r3 apu for 209$. I think better deal and with psu included. Am i wrong?

    1. This thing is much more compact and uses fraction of power of the A300 + R3.

      That allows it to go into places and used in form factors that can’t fit in the A300.

  2. I really dig the design. its interesting however that Apple is trying to convince us that Arm is almost at parity in performance, yet this board is far more powerful then most SBCs due to it NOT using Arm.

    1. I mean, it probably has more to do with *which* ARM chips are used by typical SBCs and the fact that there’s wider app compatibility with x86 processors when you’re talking about Windows or Linux.

      1. Exactly.
        As a general purpose calculation, the Cortex A53’s can run faster than Intel Atom cores* whilst using less power. And the Cortex A72’s can run faster than Intel Core-M cores whilst using less power. But when it comes to needing x86 instructions, then the tables are reversed. So the big question to ask is what type of code, or purpose, do you require or want from the board?

        Besides, there are plenty of options out there to suit your needs. But I would either get an ARM SBC for under $100, or I would get an x86 SBC for under $400. Notice the x4-fold difference in budget. Hence, Raspberry Pi4 (4GB) because the price is low-enough, and having a little extra hardware is a good thing for future-projects. Or I would step up to the Udoo Bolt V8.

        If the purpose is to build a cheap HTPC, you’re probably going to get (much) better value by going with a Used Laptop or a Used PC. For instance, the Dell OptiPlex SFF units are going for incredible prices (Core i5-2500, 8GB, and GT 1030) or even (Core i7-4790, 16GB, and GTX 1050 Ti). Maybe in 9months we will see them with even better value options (Core i7-6700, 16GB, and GTX 1650).

        *(these are miniaturised and rebranded Celeron cores, which are actually miniaturised and rebranded Pentium cores)

    2. I don’t know how close ARM cores are in performance to x86, there are people who know more about that than I do. Certainly, Apple’s custom cores make a better case for that than anything else considering their design philosophy. The higher-end ARM phone chips look to outperform this N4100. The kinds of chips on most SBCs are either low end, usually meant for TV boxes, or a few generations behind. One reason for that is cost, but cost isn’t really a factor with this board either.

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