Raspberry Pi various Banana Pi is crowdsourcing concepts from its Twitter followers for an replace to its BPI-R3 Router board. Within the tweet we are able to see a a lot smaller type issue, therefore the tweet proclaims the board because the BPI-R3 Mini.
Banana Pi workforce merchandise within the Pipeline, BPI-R3 Mini board ,anyone like this or have any good suggestion???#RaspberryPi #Router #Nas #IoT #4G #5G #harddisk pic.twitter.com/ZXhVUSDWGgDecember 14, 2022
Banana Pi’s BPI-R3 Mini is one thing we count on to see in 2023, and meaning we are able to solely guess on the value — however it’s going to most likely be decrease than the $90 of its predecessor. It seems just like the BPI-R3 Mini is presently within the early phases of improvement, as we have solely seen plenty of renders and Banana Pi is asking for group enter. Take any specs with a pinch of salt till we get an official wiki itemizing.
The BPI-R3 Mini’s type issue is nothing like a Raspberry Pi. Formed like a plus image, the board’s prime and backside edges are dominated by ports. On the backside are two 2.5G Ethernet ports and a single USB-C; on the prime, a lone USB 2 port and nano SIM slot.
What’s most fascinating is on the reverse heart of the board: two M.2 sockets, one in all which is for an NVMe SSD (M.2 Key M), and the opposite, for 4G/5G modules (therefore the nano SIM slot).
Once more, we’re unsure on the precise specs. Nonetheless, the MT7986 SoC appears to closely recommend that is really a mini model of the Banana Pi BPI-R3.
|SoC||MediaTek MT7986(Filogic 830)|
|Row 1 – Cell 0||Quad core ARM Cortex A53+MT7531|
|RAM||2G DDR RAM|
|Row 4 – Cell 0||M.2 NVMe|
|Community||2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi|
|Row 6 – Cell 0||2 x 2.5GB Ethernet|
|Row 7 – Cell 0||M.2 4g / 5G Enlargement|
|Ports||USB C (PD Solely)|
|Row 9 – Cell 0||USB 2.0|
|Row 10 – Cell 0||Fan Header (unpopulated)|
That is purely an equipment gadget. There is no provision for video output — you are anticipated to construct your equipment and conceal it away in a darkish nook. It’s best used as a router, wi-fi repeater, residence automation, or as an NAS gadget. The onboard M.2 NVMe connector means you could make a quite candy tiny NAS that may be hidden wherever.
Raspberry Pi options do not have the perfect monitor document on the subject of GPIO. The perfect that we have had private expertise with is the LattePanda 3 Delta, and this was as a consequence of an onboard Arduino Leonardo. The GPIO can be the place the BPI-R3 Mini appears to be no match for the Raspberry Pi, it has no GPIO. The unique BPI-R3 did have a 26 pin GPIO, so the Mini’s omission appears to be deliberate.
There are various Raspberry Pi options on the market. From Banana Pi’s personal Raspberry Pi Pico W competitor, the cleverly named Banana Pi Pico W, to Khadas’ vary of VIM and Edge boards. Of which we extensively reviewed the Khadas VIM4 and the Edge 2 Professional. These options promise a lot, however typically fail to ship on the essential person expertise offered by the Raspberry Pi. Nonetheless, we’re all the time excited to see what Raspberry Pi options have to supply.