Meet the Banana Pi: A more powerful version of the Raspberry Pi

Another inexpensive single-board computer named after a fruit, but with better performance


You're probably already familiar with the Raspberry Pi, that super-affordable (~$35), low-power computer-on-a-board that's many of us have been tinkering with for things like running media servers and setting up our own VPNs. The Banana Pi is a clone of the Raspberry Pi and provides twice as much memory and a faster processor--while being compatible with most Pi accessories.

It's also pretty inexpensive, considering it's a complete computer system, starting at $57.

Instead of the Raspberry Pi's 512MB of memory you get 1GB on the Banana Pi, and instead of a single-core 700MHz Broadcom BCM2835 ARM11 processor, the Banana Pi has a dual-core 1GHz Allwinner ARM A20 Cortex-A7 processor.

As Liliputing notes, the official Banana Pi website's typos and a few broken links cast some doubt on the project. If you've been aching for a faster Raspberry Pi (-like alternative), the Banana Pi is almost identical and maybe worth checking out--perhaps after the early adopters chime in.

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