The makers of the Pine A64 single-board computer (and the upcoming RockPro 64) are launching a new model this week. It’s a single-board computer in the same category as the popular Raspberry Pi line of devices, although this computer is a bit larger than a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.
It’s called the Pine H64 and it’s a device with support for 4K60 video playback, a USB 3.0 port, Gigabit Ethernet, and a few other features that the latest Raspberry Pi devices lack.
The Pine H64 will be available starting January 31st for $25 and up.
Update: It’s now available for purchase from the Pine64 website.
The entry-level price is for a model with 1GB of RAM. You can also get a 2GB model for $35 or a 3GB model for $45.
Each version has the following specs:
- Allwinner H6 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor
- Malit-T720 MP2 graphics with HDR and 4K60 support
- microSD card slot
- 128MB of SPI flash memory
- 1 USB 3.0 port
- 2 USB 2.0 host ports
- HDMI 2.0a
- 3.5mm audio jack (speaker/mic)
- Gigabit Ethernet
- eMMC support
- IR RX
- 2×20 pin GPIO connector
One thing the Pine H64 lacks is built-in support for WiFi or Bluetooth, but there’s a header that you can use to add a wireless card.
The Pine H64 measures about 5.2″ x 3.1″, while a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is about 3.3″ x 2.2″.
Playback/decoding is one thing but actual output is another.
Bought a rock64. It also claims to have high resolution support, and I presumed, h265 10 bit support. Try getting a Kodi install to play h265 10 bit files though. Nope.
Please don’t just quote resolution and refresh rate. There’s no point in doing so without codec and colourspace details. Can the board play X codec with Y colorspace? Is it hardware accelerated playback? If, in theory it is, what’s the driver reality?
For nearly ALL of these other boards, when it says it works in Linux, and has HW Video acceleration, it means it will run Linux, and that the HW acceleration is under Android.
I have yet to find one SBC which is Pi-like, which can run Linux with Video HW acceleration.
I think the Pi is, or has, recently acquired better Linux acceleration.
You can decode 720p H265 in Kodi with the Pi3, but not 10bit I don’t think.
Nope, no hardware HVEC h265 on RPi3. You can’t even do 720p h265 smoothly in software either… and why would 720p ever be encoded in h265 anyways? h265 is specifically for 4k or higher resolutions.
Odroid C2 for 10bit h265 4k 60Hz on linux (ubuntu). Been collecting files for over a year… no playback issues.
I have been running an Odroid C2 for almost 2 years, and it is a great 4k kodi front end (under Ubuntu). It runs a 1920×1200 desktop with good acceleration… much snappier than RPi3. It runs an older kernel and the IO is not as good as RPi3. Odroid C2 comes with 2GB ram for $40. Pretty much the same price, but is a known quantity.
Where can I buy this piece of hardware?
By now, people should avoid AllWinner SOC like a plague ….
Rockchip ones aren’t better. Much much worse actually.
I have the original Pine64, and it is all closed source.
There is still no Video HW acceleration in Linux, so everything is super slow.
For a headless machine, its probably great, other wise, its only good for Android, where you DO get HW acceleration.
I bought it because it was much faster than a Pi3 on paper, but in the end, the possibilities are endless with a Pi3, and end very quickly with most other boards….
I have one as well and have issues compiling packages for it under Linux. And yes the video is super slow.
And I suppose it will have closed drivers, binary blobs, bad Linux support, bad support at all.
Am I wrong? I would like to be.
Even RPI isn’t perfect in those aspects, but I think it is much better than this Pine with an Allwinner SOC.
Have a Rock64 with a Rockchip SoC. Support is terrible. The initial allure was 4K @ 60FPS. But the kernel development is soo bad that it is dropping frames when just browsing. Not going to make the same mistake again.
IMO built-in WiFi / Bluetooth is just waste, for RPi 3 I always disable them and add official dongle for WiFi, speeds much better. So not big loss.
4K support, nice and normal GigaBit ethernet, well better than on RPi 3 atleast lol, and very likely better MicroSD card slot.
I agree. I prefer to add wifi to these boards with an accessory. However, I’ve seen and heard enough people complain about boards not having wireless built in. Some people won’t consider boards without it now, so I understand why some boards include it.
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