The Orange Pi 3 LTS is a Raspberry Pi-sized single-board computer powered by an Allwinner H6 processor, which is a 1.8 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 chip with Mali-T720 graphics. The little computer also has 2GB of LPDDR3 memory, 8GB of eMMC storage, a microSD card reader, and support for WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0.

It’s positioned as an update to the original Orange Pi 3 that launched a few years ago, and the new model is now available for $35 from Amazon or AliExpress.

The new board measures 85 x 56mm (3.4″ x 2.2″), which makes it a little smaller than the previous model, which was 93.5 x 60mm (3.7″ x 2.4″). It has the same processor and basic specs, but the manufacturer has updated the wireless card, replaced the micro USB port with a USB-C port, removed the mPCIe support, and reduced the number of USB Type-A ports.

But the Orange Pi 3 LTS still has a pretty decent selection of I/O options including:

  • 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio
  • 26-pin connector with GPIO, I2C, SPI, and UART
  • IR receiver for optional remote control

The board should support Android 9 as well as GNU/Linux distributions including Ubuntu and Debian.

via @orangepixunlong

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  1. Seem like a sweet deal.
    So one of the pair of blue colored USB3 ports is actually USB2 – that is crazy – Chinese level crazy.
    I dislike the soldered eMMC, it’s the same footprint
    there is no reason to not use socketed other then screwing up your clients.

  2. Any ideas when regular Raspberry Pi 4’s are going to be available? Canakit has pre orders for the end of February? Really? I’ve searched hi and lo for a rpi4 8GB to no avail…

    Frankly…I thought the Raspberry Pi 5 would be coming out soon.

    Best,
    Liquid Cool

    1. The article title should have read “Orange Pi 3 LTS is as $35 single-board PC with Allwinner H6, 2GB RAM, 8GB storage and is in-stock and not bundled into a keyboard form factor with the price doubled”.
      If you want to buy a RPi4 today, they are in-stock but cost $70 and are inside a keyboard. My company makes a part specifically for new RPi5 board, but is presently not shipping it in volume.