Here is a ‘Do it yourself’ PC that costs just $20. Pretty impressive right?
The Orange Pi One Plus should not be confused with the Chinese smartphone manufacturer but for $20, this board is an ‘all in one’ PC that features everything if you want to carry out light work. Starting off, the Orange Pi One Plus has an Allwinner H6 chipset that sports a quad-core processor. More accurately, there are four Cortex-A53 cores that can easily handle basic tasks.
The powerful Mali-T720 GPU is able to display 4K HDR video, which promises richer colors and higher brightness. While there has been no way that we know of in which you will be able to run Windows 10, it can run Android 7.0 and features a host of ports ranging from a GbE port, and an HDMI 2.0a port. In short, if you cannot transform it into a PC, then it can definitely turn into a very capable Android media player.
The Allwinner H6 should not be taken lightly because it can provide H.265 6K at 30fps video decoding and H.264 4K at 30fps video encoding. This SoC can also handle 10-bit HDR10 technology with ‘intelligent noise reduction’, improved interlacing, and intelligent color enhancement. There are some tradeoffs, such as the I/O, which just includes a single USB 2.0 port and not even a 3.0 port.
Still, for $20 there is no way that you can go wrong with this. If you are going to be transforming this into a capable Android media player then you will need to find some way to put this board into an enclosure.
Specifications of the Orange Pi One Plus:
- Allwinner H6 chipset with 4 x Cortex-A53 cores and an ARM Mali-T720 MP2 GPU
- 1GB LPDDR3 RAM
- microSD slot (up to 32GB)
- Networking: 10/100/1000Mbit Ethernet port
- HDMI 2.0a with audio and HDCP 2.2 output
- USB 2.0 port
- microUSB 2.0 OTG port with power input
- Mic input
- 3-pin GPIO with UART and ground
- 26-pin GPIO expansion connector
- Supported operating systems: Android 7.0 with Ubuntu and Debian images in testing