So, all of a sudden there are a lot of small computers on the market that include less powerful specs but more development tools. When I say the words: small computer and development, you should think of the Raspberry Pi. Well, according to the Pine 64 website, the Pine 64 offers a 1.2Ghz ARM Quad-core processor and a decent 512MB RAM for only $15 USD. That is a lot compared to the Rasberry Pi 1 Model B and its price tag.
On their website, you have the choice of 3 Pine64s at different prices. The base model which has 512MB RAM sells for $15, the 1GB RAM model sells for $19 and the 2GB RAM model sells for $29.
The Pine64’s graphics allow up to 1920 x 1200 and 4K support, that is if your monitor can go up to 4K! The best part is that the Pine64 offers an optional Bluetooth and optional Wifi module allowing the connectivity of various Bluetooth enabled electronics.
One thing that interests me is that the Pine64 is built with expansion headers which are like the ones on the Rasberry Pi, meaning that you can add additional modules if you would like to the Pine64 making it a competitor to the Rasberry Pi.
Like most bare board PCs, the Pine64 is open source and all you need is the board to start your journey. The company that created Pine64 said that the board in compatible with Android, Linux, and more. I wonder if it is compatible with Rasberry Pi’s version of Debian.
You better hurry! There will be only 6 days after this post gets posted meaning you will have to wait for the next batch! Honestly, the Pine64 looks like a nice PC but I am looking forward to the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero which offers technically the same specs as the Raspberry Pi A Model b but is much smaller.
On Kickstarter, Pine64 posted the reward for the $5 or more pledge was a PineA0 which is Pine64 inc’s competitor to the Pi Zero. With almost the same specs, the PineA0 actually sounds better than the Pi Zero which includes the bare minimum, instead, the PineA0 offers full sized everything meaning there is no need for adaptors.
You can check out their campaign here: