FriendlyElec NanoPi M4V2: Powerful Raspberry Pi alternative now available for US$70.00
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The NanoPi M4V2 succeeds the NanoPi M4, an SBC that FriendlyElec introduced last year. The NanoPi M4V2 is powered by the Rockchip RK3399, which integrates two ARM Cortex-A72 and four ARM Cortex-A53 cores that clock up to 2.0 and 1.5 GHz respectively. The RK3399 also includes an ARM Mali-T864 GPU that supports up to DirectX 11 among other APIs and a VPU that can decode 4K video.
One of the areas in which FriendlyElec has improved upon the NanoPi M4 is RAM. The NanoPi M4V2 sports 4 GB of dual-channel LPDDR4 RAM, bringing it in line with the Raspberry Pi 4. By contrast, FriendlyElec equipped the original NanoPi M4 with LPDRR3 RAM, which is theoretically 50% slower than LPDDR4. The switch to LPDDR4 should reduce power consumption too, albeit perhaps only slightly.
The NanoPi M4V2 also has an eMMC socket and a microSD card reader, along with an HDMI 2.0a port for outputting video at up to 4K and 60 Hz. FriendlyElec has included a MIPI DSI connection too. Additionally, there are four USB 3.0 Type-A ports for connecting peripherals and a USB 2.0 Type-C port that can supply data and power. As with SBCs, FriendlyElec has incorporated a 40-pin GPIO for connecting actuators and sensors. The V2 includes power and recovery buttons too, which the original NanoPi M4 lacked. The 3.5 mm jack also now supports microphone input.