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Orange Pi Zero2: The Raspberry Pi Zero alternative is finally orderable

The Orange Pi Zero2 is finally available to order. (Image source: Shenzhen Xunlong Software)
The Orange Pi Zero2 is finally available to order. (Image source: Shenzhen Xunlong Software)
The Orange Pi Zero2 has finally made it to market, over a year after Shenzhen Xunlong Software unveiled it. The Raspberry Pi Zero competitor has been upgraded to a new chipset that supports Android 10 and multiple Linux distributions, including Debian and Ubuntu.
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Shenzhen Xunlong Software announced the Orange Pi Zero2 last year, but it has taken until now for the single-board computer (SBC) to come to market. To Shenzhen Xunlong Software's credit, it has upgraded the Zero2 from an Allwinner H6 processor to the newer Allwinner H616. The newer chipset integrates four ARM Cortex-A53 cores and an ARM Mali G31 MP2 GPU. 

Additionally, the newer chipset allows the Zero2 to support OpenGL ES 3.2 and OpenCL 2.0. Similarly, the SBC supports  Android 10 and multiple Linux distributions, which can be installed on its microSD card slot. The Zero2 is also available with 256 MB, 512 MB or 1 GB of DDR3 RAM.

A single USB 2.0 Type-A port is available for connecting external devices, as is a WiFi module for connecting the Zero2 to a network. There is a Gigabit Ethernet port for a wired connection, too. If you want to connect the Zero2 to a display, then you can do so via its micro HDMI port or its 13-pin header for a video composite (CVBS) connection. There is also a 26-pin header for connecting actuators and sensors.

The Orange Pi Zero2 can be purchased from Amazon for US$15.99 for the 512 MB model. CNX Software claims that the device will soon be available on AliExpress, too.

(Image source: Shenzhen Xunlong Software)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-11- 2 (Update: 2021-09-28)