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$12 Orange Pi variant swaps Ethernet for WiFi

May 9, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 4,551 views

Shenzhen Xunlong has launched an open-spec, $12 “Orange Pi Lite” SBC with a with a quad-core Cortex-A7 SoC, 40-pin RPi expansion, camera input, and WiFi.

Shenzhen Xunlong continues to churn out new versions of old boards with slight adjustments in features and prices. In the case of the new Orange Pi Lite, the company took its ridiculously cheap Orange Pi One, and added WiFi and a USB port while removing the Ethernet port. The $12 board came to our attention via a CNX-Software post.

Orange Pi Lite
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The open-spec, community-backed Orange Pi Lite has the same 69 x 48mm dimensions as the Orange Pi One, which is smaller than the more advanced, $15 Orange Pi PC. The Lite runs the same Linux and Android builds on the same quad-core Cortex-A7 Allwinner H3 SoC as the other two Orange Pi boards. Like the One, it’s clocked at 1.2GHz compare to 1.6GHz on the PC model. There’s also a Mali-400 MP2 GPU.

Orange Pi Lite (left) compared to Orange Pi One
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Except for the differences noted above, the Orange Pi Lite is identical to the Orange Pi One. It similarly provides 512MB of DDR3, plus a microSD slot, HDMI port, and a CSI camera input. There are dual USB host ports, a micro-USB OTG port, and a 40-pin expansion connector said to be compatible with the Raspberry Pi.

Orange Pi Lite front and back detail views
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Specifications listed for the Orange Pi Lite include:
  • Processor — Allwinner H3 (4x Cortex-A7 @ 1.2GHz); ARM Mali-400 MP2 GPU @600MHz; 256KB L1, 1MB L2 cache
  • Memory – 512MB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage — microSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • Wireless – WiFi with antenna
  • Multimedia:
    • HDMI output — supports audio, HDCP, CEC, 30 function
    • Camera interface — CSI input supports 8-bit YUV422 CMOS sensor interface, CCIR656 protocol for NTSC and PAL, SM pixel camera sensor, and video capture at up to [email protected]
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 2.0 Host port
    • Micro-USB 2.0 OTG port (does not support DC power input)
    • GPIO connector with 3x GPIO lines
  • Expansion — 40-pin header compatible with Raspberry Pi B+
  • Other features — power & status LEDs; power button
  • Power — DC barrel jack; +5V @ 2A (max.)
  • Dimensions — 69 × 48mm
  • Weight — 36gm
  • Operating systems — Android, Lubuntu, Debian, Raspberry Pi Image

Further information

The Orange Pi Lite is currently available on AliExpress for $12, or $15.78 including shipping to the U.S. More information may be found at the AliExpress Orange Pi Lite shopping page, as well as at

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2 responses to “$12 Orange Pi variant swaps Ethernet for WiFi”

  1. Jerry says:

    It’s otherwise great, but the Allwinner GPU is closed source crap. It can’t be used.

    • chip says:

      Agreed, closed hardware is crap. I already have a couple OPi and probably will buy the new models to test, but none of them is and will never be used where desktop or video out is involved. For those applications the RPI remains the only choice for me, for being the less closed platform.

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