The Orange Pi 3B is the latest addition to the line of single-board computers from Shenzen Xunlong Software. This new RK3566 SBC is like a turbocharged version of the beloved Raspberry Pi 3B, boasting a faster processor, expanded RAM options, and a variety of storage choices, all while maintaining the familiar and popular form factor.
Availability and price
With a starting price of $35 for the 2GB RAM variant without storage, the Orange Pi 3B offers excellent value for its feature-packed offering. Users can opt for higher configurations, including an 8GB RAM variant with an optional 256GB eMMC module. Pre-ordering from Amazon comes with a $5 discount through the on-page coupon.
Deliveries are scheduled to start on August 15. Besides, the boards are also available now on Aliexpress.
Orange Pi 3B RK3566 Single Board Computer Features
Measuring at just 85 x 56mm (3.3″ x 2.2″) and weighing a mere 49 grams (1.7 ounces), the Orange Pi 3B is compact and lightweight, making it ideal for various DIY projects and applications.
At the heart of the Orange Pi 3B lies the powerful Rockchip RK3566 SoC, which features four ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores clocked at speeds of up to 2 GHz, complemented by Mali-G52 EE graphics and a neural processing unit capable of up to 1 TOPS of AI performance. The device supports 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB of LPDDR4x memory and offers 16GB to 256GB of eMMC storage, providing users with ample memory and storage configurations to suit their needs.
One standout feature of the Orange Pi 3B is its versatile storage options. It offers a microSD card slot, an eMMC flash socket, and an M.2 Key-M socket that can accommodate NVMe (PCIe 2.1) or SATA III SSDs, ensuring high-speed data access and transfer capabilities. Additionally, the board includes 16MB or 32MB of SPI flash storage, enabling convenient features like network boot functionality.
Connectivity options on the Orange Pi 3B are plentiful and include HDMI 2.0 and eDP display interfaces, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a USB 3.0 Type-A port, three USB 2.0 Type-A ports, a USB Type-C port for power input, a 3.5mm audio jack, and the 40-pin Raspberry Pi GPIO header. Notably, power is supplied through a USB-C port, an upgrade from the micro USB port found in the Raspberry Pi 3B.
Besides, for wireless connectivity, the Orange Pi 3B boasts a CDTech 20U5622 wireless module supporting Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0, ensuring seamless wireless communication and compatibility with modern peripherals.
In terms of operating systems, Shenzen Xunlong Software states that the Orange Pi 3B RK3566 SBC supports a wide range of options, including popular choices like Ubuntu 22.04, Debian 12, Android 11, and even their own Orange Pi OS builds based on Arch Linux and OpenHarmony (an open-source version of Huawei’s HarmonyOS).