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The Orange Pi 5 Pro is a single-board computer that’s the same size as a Raspberry Pi 5, but this model has speedier memory as well as a couple of options that you don’t get from the Raspberry Pi including a built-in M.2 slot for an optional PCIe 2.0 NVMe SSD (no connector cables or HATs required), and optional support for onboard eMMC storage.

It’s also powered by a Rockchip RK3588S processor rather than the Raspberry Pi’s BCM2712 chip. Which is better? It kind of depends what you’re using it for, but the Rockchip processor does have a built-in NPU for hardware-accelerated AI. Pricing and availability details haven’t been announced yet, but there is a placeholder page for the Orange Pi 5 Pro at Amazon.

The Orange Pi 5 Pro supports up to 16GB of LPDDR5 memory and in addition to support for an SSD and/or eMMC storage, there’s a microSD card reader and optional support for SPI NOR flash storage.

There’s built-in support for WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0, two HDMI ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a mix of USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 ports.

While this isn’t the first member of the Orange Pi 5 lineup, it’s the smallest board in the series to date. Other members of the Orange Pi 5 family have the same RK3588S processors, but slightly larger bodies, a different set of I/O features, support for more (but slower) memory, and no built-in wireless capabilities (although you can bring your own WiFi 6/BT 5.0 card).

Here’s a run-down of some key specs for the Orange Pi 5 family:

Orange Pi 5 ProOrange Pi 5Orange Pi 5 Plus
ProcessorRockchip RK3588S
4 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.4 GHz
4 x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8 GHz
Rockchip RK3588S
4 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.4 GHz
4 x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8 GHz
GraphicsARM Mali-G610 MP4
Up to 32GB LPDDR4/4x
StorageeMMC module (optional)
SPI flash (optional)
microSD card reader
M.2 2280 (PCIe 2.0 x1 NVMe or SATA SSD)
QSPI Nor Flash (16MB)
microSD card reader
M.2 2242 (PCIe 2.0 NVMe or SATA SSD)
eMMC module (optional)
QSPI Nor Flash (16MB or 32MB)
microSD card reader (up to 128GB)
M.2 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe or SATA SSD)
Ports1 x HDMI 2.1
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A
3 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1  x Gigabit Ethernet
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x USB Type-C (5V/5A power input)
1 x HDMI
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x Gigabit Ethernet
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x USB Type-C (5V/4A power input)
2 x HDMI output
1 x HDMI input
1 x USB 3.0 Type-C
2 x USB 3.0 Type-A
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
2 x 2.5 GbE LAN
1 x 4.5mm audio
1 x USB Type-C (5V/4A power input)
Other I/O connectors40-pin GPIO
MIPI-DSI (display)
Power over Ethernet connector
USB 2.0 headers
RTC connector
2 x MIPI-CSI (camera)
26-pin GPIO
3 x MIPI-CSI (camera)
2 x MIPI-D-PHY TX 4-lane (display)
40-pin GPIO
Speaker Connector
5V Fan connector
IR Receiver
6-pin FPC socket
MIPI-CSI 4-lane (camera)
MIPI-DSI TX 4-lane (display)
MaskROM key
Reset key
Power key
MaskROM key
Recovery key
Power key
MaskROM key
Recovery Key
Power key
WirelessWiFi 5
BT 5.0
AP6256 module
M.2 2242 slot for wireless card or SSDM.2 2230 PCIe 2.0 connector for wireless card or SSD
Supported operating systemsOrange Pi OS (Android or Arch Linux versions)
Android 12
Dimensions89 x 56mm100 x 46mm100 x 75mm
Price?$169 (AliExpress)

$216 (Amazon)

$189 and up (AliExpress)

via LinuxGizmos and AndroidTVBox

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  1. The Orange Pi 5 Plus is based on the RK3588, not the RK3588S, and is also available at 4/8/16GB RAM besides the more recent (and quite a bit more expensive) 32GB model. The 16/32GB RAM models seem to use LPDDR4X, the 4/8GB models seem to use LPDDR4.

    I have the 16GB version and using it with Armbian (official build), the performance with an NVMe drive is quite good. With a fairly fast MicroSD card (Kingston Canvas Go!) the performance is also very acceptable.

    I didn’t buy the regular 5 because of the NVMe card length (only 2242), had this 5 Pro with a full size 2280 NVMe been available at the time I would have probably bought it instead of the 5 Plus.

    1. Thanks. All the purchase links on the Orange Pi 5 Plus website lead to 32GB models right now, so it looks like they’re not really pushing lower-spec versions. But I’ve updated the article to reflect this!

  2. I try not to lose sleep over devices that are “spying” on their owners. Sometimes it happens for advertising purposes, sometimes it actually does happen for foreign organizations to collect information, sometimes it doesn’t happen.

    But as far as this specific board goes–what possible legitimate reasons do Orange Pi boards have for a built-in microphone? That’s a really, really odd feature for this kind of device. I can’t say I’ve ever heard Raspberry Pi users complain about their boards’ lack of integrated microphones.

    1. I’m sure it’s harmless, but since it’s through-hole you can easily desolder it and remove it if it’s a security concern. You’re right though, it is unique among SBC offerings.