PINE64 introduces the Quartz64 Model B, a new alternative to the Raspberry Pi
Earlier this year, PINE64 announced the Quartz64, a single-board computer (SBC) that it would be offering as two models. At the time, it only detailed the Model A variant, but its latest newsletter has now outlined the Model B version. PINE64 will probably position the Quartz64 Model B as a Raspberry Pi competitor, which is underlined by the Model B's 85 x 56 mm PCB.
PINE64 has equipped the Quartz64 Model B with a Rockchip RK3566, an SoC that has four ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores and an ARM Mali-G52 EE GPU. The Model B will be available with 2 GB, 4 GB or 8 GB of LPDRR4 RAM, along with up to 128 GB of eMMC flash storage. The SBC also has a microSD card reader should you need to add more storage, though. Moreover, PINE64 has included an M.2 PCIe slot, although you must purchase an extension cable to take advantage of it.
Additionally, PINE64 has included three USB Type-A ports, a Gigabit Ethernet connection, video output, a 3.5 mm jack and a full GPIO header. PINE64 notes that the Model B will also have built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, though.
You can read more about the Quartz64 and its capabilities on PINE64's wiki. The company is yet to announce pricing or availability for the Model B. However, it hopes to provide a 'joint model-A and model-B production update' next month.