NanoPi R5S: FriendlyELEC unveils new single-board computer with a Rockchip RK3566 and an M.2 2280 slot for NVMe SSDs
FriendlyELEC has revealed the NanoPi R5S, a 90 x 62 mm single-board computer (SBC) that is about as large as the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. According to FriendlyELEC's wiki, the NanoPi R5S relies on the Rockchip RK3566, low-powered SoC with four ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores clocked at 2 GHz. Additionally, the RK3566 has a Mali-G52 GPU, a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that delivers up to 0.8 TOPs of performance and the ability to encode H.264 or H.265 videos at 1080p and 60 Hz.
Moreover, FriendlyELEC equips the NanoPi R5S with 2 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, 8 GB of eMMC flash storage, a microSD card slot and an M.2 2280 for adding NVMe SSDs. As FriendlyELEC's image below shows, the company has included three Ethernet ports too, two outputting at up to 2.5 Gbps and a third that can reach 1 Gbps. Furthermore, the NanoPi R5S has an HDMI 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports and a 16-pin header.
Unfortunately, FriendlyELEC has not confirmed when it will begin selling the NanoPi R5S, nor how much the SBC will cost. Likewise, operating system support remains unknown at this stage. Typically, NanoPi SBCs are fairly cheap though, even if they tend to take a while before they become orderable.