Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Pine A64 is a super-micro-computer cheaper than the Raspberry Pi

The tiny Raspberry Pi has become the reference in low-cost micro-computers, but there are others willing to do more for less, like this new contender: the Pine A64.

There are countless projects using the Raspberry Pi, and that number grows by the minute. But even so, there are scenarios where you wish the Pi would be a bit more powerful or had some special feature that it doesn't have. Something less likely to happen with the Pine A64.

The Pine A64 has already won the trust of over 22 thousand investors on Kickstarter, and it's easy to understand why. This is a more powerful micro-compute than the Pi, and it's cheaper! It comes with a 64 bit Cortex A53 quad-core CPU, 512MB or 1GB RAM (there's a 2GB option as well), micro SD up to 256GB, Ethernet (up to Gigabit), 2x USB, HDMI with 4K support, hardware decode of H.265 (4K) and H.264 (1080p60), and it can run Android 5.1, Ubuntu, OpenHAB (and others). And all this for just $15 or $19.

There are also some packs where you can get everything needed to turn the Pine into a 4K media player, or an home automation center, or a versatile development platform (with LCD and touchscreen). So... what are you waiting for? Go grab yours. :)

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