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Orange Pi 3 H6: An updated version of the Raspberry Pi competitor that starts at US$29.90

Orange Pi 3 H6: An updated version of the Raspberry Pi competitor that starts at a bargain price. (Image source: Ali Express)
Orange Pi 3 H6: An updated version of the Raspberry Pi competitor that starts at a bargain price. (Image source: Ali Express)
The Orange Pi, an alternative to the Raspberry Pi, has received a RAM upgrade this week. There are four new versions of the single-board computer, which start at US$29.90 plus shipping.

Following the recent RAM upgrade for the Orange Pi, Shenzhen Xunlong Software has released the Orange Pi 3 H6, a new version of its single-board computer. The Raspberry Pi competitor is equipped with an Allwinner H6 SoC that integrates four ARM Cortex A53 cores that clock up to 1.8 GHz and an ARM Mali-T720 GPU. The SoC is complemented with 1 GB or 2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM depending on the model purchased and 8 GB of eMMC flash storage. There are also two versions with no pre-installed storage.

All four models are otherwise equally equipped though. The Orange Pi 3 H6 has an HDMI 2.0a port, a Composite video output and a 3.5 mm jack. There is also a Gigabit Ethernet port and a Wi-Fi module that supports up to IEEE 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 5.0. Moreover, Shenzhen Xunlong Software has equipped the device with four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one USB 2.0 port and a TF card slot.

Additionally, the Orange Pi 3 H6 integrates an IR receiver and a 26 pin GPIO panel, the latter of which supports connecting actuators and sensors. The board measures 90 x 64 mm and weighs 75 g. The Pi 3 H6 can also be expanded with a PCIe card and supports Android 7.0, Debian or Ubuntu. The single-board computer currently starts at US$29.90 for the 1 GB RAM model without eMMC storage and rises to US$39.90 for the 2 GB RAM version with 8 GB of eMMC flash storage.

The Orange Pi 3 H6 is equipped with plenty of ports
A bird's eye view of the Orange Pi 3 H6 without eMMC flash storage
A bird's eye view of the Orange Pi 3 H6 without eMMC flash storage
A look at the back of the Orange Pi 3 H6
A look at the back of the Orange Pi 3 H6
 

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Alex Alderson, 2019-01-21 (Update: 2019-01-21)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor
I got my first smartphone aged 11, my first PC aged 12 and I have been tinkering with electronics ever since. I like to keep abreast of the latest news and technology, which inevitably leads me to switch my laptop and phone every few months. When I'm not writing for Notebookcheck, you will find me seeking out new coffee shops, bars and trying to find some hidden gems in record stores.