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NanoPi R5C: FriendlyELEC starts selling new compact single-board computer for US$49 and up

The NanoPi R5C costs between US$49 and US$77, depending on the configuration chosen. (Image source: FriendlyELEC)
The NanoPi R5C costs between US$49 and US$77, depending on the configuration chosen. (Image source: FriendlyELEC)
FriendlyELEC has brought another single-board computer (SBC) to market. The NanoPi R5C is available from US$49, for which you receive a 58 x 58 mm SBC powered by the Rockchip RK3568B2 chipset, LPDDR4X RAM and eMMC flash storage, among other features.

The NanoPi R5C is FriendlyELEC’s latest single-board computer (SBC), having introduced the NanoPi R5S earlier this year. The NanoPi R5C is, as its name suggests, a compact version of the NanoPi R5S, which was by no means big. However, while the NanoPi R5S measures 90 x 62 mm, the NanoPi R5C comes in at just 58 x 58 mm and 39 g without its case. For reference, the latter measures 62.5 x 62.5 x 29 mm with its case, which also brings it weight to 149 g.

FriendlyELEC has based the NanoPi R5C around the Rockchip RK3568B2, a chipset with four ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores clocked at 2 GHz, plus a Mali-G52 GPU and an NPU capable of delivering 0.8 TOPS. Additionally, the NanoPi R5C has LPDDR4X RAM, eMMC flash storage and a microSD card slot that supports UHS-1 cards. FriendlyELEC adds that the NanoPi R5C supports several operating systems too, including versions of OpenWrt and FriendlyCore Lite based on Ubuntu. Separately, the NanoPi R5C offers the following I/O:

  • 2x 2.5 Gbps Ethernet
  • 1x HDMI 2.0
  • 4x LED lights
  • 1x M.2 Key E (PCIe 2.1 x1/USB 2.0)
  • 1x MicroSD card reader
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
  • 1x USB Type-C (5V power input)

Currently, the NanoPi R5C starts at US$49 with 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of eMMC flash storage and a metal chassis. Alternatively, the SBC is available with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of eMMC flash storage for a US$10 surcharge. Please note that FriendlyELEC charges US$18 for a Wi-Fi module, regardless of the version chosen. More information about the NanoPi R5C can be found on FriendlyELEC’s wiki.

(Image source: FriendlyELEC)
(Image source: FriendlyELEC)
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Alex Alderson, 2022-11-30 (Update: 2022-11-30)