FriendlyELEC’s latest single-board computer features 8GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, three Ethernet ports, and an HDMI 2.1 port.

With a $119 price tag, the NanoPi R6S is also one of the cheapest mini PCs to date powered by a Rockchip RK3588S processor.

That processor features four ARM Cortex0A76 CPU cores @ 2.4 GHz, four Cortex-A55 cores @ 1.8 GHz, Mali-G610 MP4 graphics, support for 8K/60Hz video output, and a neural processing unit with up to 6 TOPS performance.

It’s the same chip found in the Khadas Edge2, Firefly Station M3, Orange Pi 5, and very similar to the RK3588 chip in the Radxa ROCK5 Model B, Pine64 QuartxPro64, H96 MAX V58, and Banana Pi BPI-W3, among other systems.

In this case, that processor is paired with 8GB of LPDDR4x 2133 MHz memory, 32GB of eMMC storage (plus a microSD card reader), and a selection of ports that includes:

  • 1 x HDMI 2.1
  • 2 x 2.5 Gbps Ethernet
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • 1 x USB Type-C (5V/9V/12V/20V power input)

The NanoPi R6S also has a 12-pin GPIO header, status LED lights for the system, wireless, and ethernet ports, an RTC battery connector, fan connector, and IR receiver for use with remote controls.

FriendlyELEC says the board measures 90 x 62 x 1.6mm (3.5″ x 2.4″ x 0.1″) without a case, but there’s also an optional CNC metal case that adds $20 to the price. It measures 94.5 x 68 x 30mm (3.7″ x 2.7″ x 1.2″).

The little computer supports Android 12 and Linux-based operating systems including Debian 10, the FriendlyCore Focal Lite (based on Ubuntu 20.04), and FriendlyWRT 22.03 (based on OpenWrt). Ubuntu 22.04 LTS support is also said to be coming soon.

You can find more information about the NanoPi R6S at the FriendlyELEC Wiki or place an order at the FriendlyELEC store.

thanks Theguyuk!

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  1. Cool, but I wanted a firewall I wonder why I just wouldn’t go find a low wattage Intel J1900 or J4125 4-port device. It doesn’t look like I can even get an r6s shipped to Canada and if I could then it would be well north of $200. Why bother, when for a minor uplift I can get something that will blow the doors off this. Doesn’t make sense.

  2. Just out of curiosity; what would a use case for a box like this be?
    I was thinking maybe nano Plex server, but transcoding with that ARM would be ungood… Terminal?

      1. Definitely not pfSense, they don’t have an ARM64 compile yet. Maybe one of the other router or firewall packages…

    1. Looks like a good option for a home router/firewall device, which is why it supports OpenWRT. I wonder if OPNSense will run on it…

        1. There is a distinct lack of ports for connecting in storage media…unless you know of a daughterboard that has storage ports?

    2. It has a lot of fast networking ports, so the first thing I’m thinking is network device. Firewall, router, VPN endpoint, something that needs fast throughput. It also has good video but lacks storage interfaces, so something that will process a lot of network video, such as analyzing camera data for events could benefit from this (and there’s an NPU that could be used for this as well). It could also be a suitable cheap desktop as well, as it’s likely quite a bit faster than a Raspberry Pi but isn’t too expensive.

      1. While you can certainly install that, you don’t need anything close to this performance for it. That just filters DNS requests, which doesn’t require much network or CPU speed. If that’s all you want to do, you can use something that’s a fifth of the cost without issue.