Some years ago, the idea of buying a fully functional computer at $ 35 was unthinkable, but now no longer so since you can find solutions even from 5-10 dollars. Some examples? Raspberry Pi Zero and CHIP, just to name the most famous even if they are among the most powerful. PINE64 is another story: it is much more powerful than other boards in the same price range. And of course we do not turn away from the very “low-cost area.”
PINE64 is a single board with quad-core Allwinner A18 (Cortex-A53) 1.2GHz processor and 64-bit, probably based on Allwinner A64, which supports a maximum of 1GB of DDR3 RAM. The entry-level version with 512MB of RAM and 10/100 Ethernet port will cost $ 15, at least during the campaign on Kickstarter scheduled to begin on December 9. For $ 19, you can request a version with 1GB of RAM, Gigabit Ethernet and additional connector for an optional camera, touch screen and video card.
Both models feature still graphics ARM Mali 400MP2, two USB 2.0 ports, a HDMI with support for resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 pixels and audio jack of 3.5 mm. PINE64 has no internal memory built in, but there is also a microSD card slot that can handle up to 256GB of storage. The developers claim that the board will run smoothly Android 5.1, Ubuntu Linux and other operating systems.
In short, connecting a keyboard, a mouse, a screen and an Ethernet cable, you will have in your hands a little low-power PC. Do not forget also that PINE64 has a 40-pin header Raspberry Pi 2 compatible for connection of additional modules, including accessories of the note board.
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