Shenzhen Xunlong has launched an SBC board similar to the Raspberry Pi for a few tens of dollars. It is open and hackable. The low cost development board will compete with the many existing ones that aim to rival the Raspberry Pi. The Orange Pi It is sold in two versions, one basic and the other called Orange Pi Mini, both at your disposal to buy at the famous aliexpress.com store.
The simplest Orange Pi costs about $ 41 and is based on a Allwinner SoC A20 ARM, while the most expensive Orange Pi goes up to $ 58 and in return integrates a more powerful version of the Allwinner chip, specifically an A31S. In the rest of the hardware, both SBC boards are very similar and even in terms of performance.
Both integrate a CPU based on ARM Cortex A7 Dualcore and Quadcore (in the most powerful version), a Mali GPU compatible with OpenGL and 1GB DDR3 RAM, possibility of addressing up to 64GB of storage through cards or through a SATA port, audio connections, CSI connector for camera, HDMI, VGA, USB OTG, USB 2.0, power, GPIOs, IR, etc.
As for supported operating systems, there are Raspbian, Ubuntu, Debian, Android 4.4 and other versions of Google's system. All of them can be powered by Allwinner chips and the hardware delivered by these SBC (Single Board Computer) boards.
If this seems little to you, Shenzhen Xunlong has made available to the public, for $ 59, another Orange Pi Plus, a more powerful version with a 3Ghz quad-core Allwinner H1.6 SoC and with support for SATA and WiFi. By the way, these boards are compatible with the expansion pins of the original Pi ...
¿What a difference to raspberry orange? Well certainly almost all the SBC plates are quite similar and almost all have been oriented to be very similar clones of the Raspi. It is a matter of taste or needs, no substantial differences can be alleged, except with boards that do not follow the standard and are based on architectures other than ARM (such as those based on x86).