FriendlyELEC NanoPi R5S is now orderable globally with and without a metal enclosure
FriendlyELEC has started selling the NanoPi R5S, having presented the single-board computer (SBC) earlier this month. To recap, the NanoPi R5S is only available with 2 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, along with 8 GB of eMMC flash storage and a Rockchip SoC. While it was previously suggested that the NanoPi R5S relies on the Rockchip RK3566, FriendlyELEC has equipped the SBC with the more powerful Rockchip RK3568.
Additionally, FriendlyELEC includes an M.2 2280 slot for adding NVMe SSDs, although these will only operate at PCIe 2.0 x1 speeds. Alternatively, you could use the SBC's microSD card slot, should you not have a spare SSD to hand. Moreover, the NanoPi R5S has two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, three Ethernet connections, an HDMI port and a USB Type-C port for supplying power.
Currently, the NanoPi R5S retails for US$59 as a bare board. Alternatively, the company offers the NanoPi R5S with a case for US$75. For reference, the SBC measures 94.5 x 68 x 30 mm and weighs 57.5 g without its case, or 260 g with the case pictured below. Please note, FriendlyELEC charges US$13 for postage from mainland China, which has a lead time of up to two months.