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Nano Pi Fire supports Android and Linux

Nano Pi Fire2A

A bunch of interesting Single-Board Computers (SBCs) have been designed to be a RaspberryPi alternative, but these nice NanoPi SBC’s are equipped to operate with Debian 8.1 and Android 5.1. They are based on Samsung ARM (Advanced Risk Machine) processors, or more clearly they are entire computers built on small piece of board using Samsung SoC (system of a chip).

These guys are the NanoPi Fire2A and the NanoPi Fire3, open-source projects released by FriendlyElect. The Fire2A uses a QuadCore processor running at 1.4Ghz accompanied with 512MB DDR3 memory Ram and the NanoPi Fire3 comes with a OctaCore processor also running at 1.4Ghz but with 1Gb Ram.

Nano Pi Fire3

Altought, the Fire3 version has a better RAM memory and processor than the NanoPi Fire2A, they share the same design and features including the new Ubuntu Core-based FriendlyCore distro to work with.

The two new boards ship with schematics, and offer the same community support provided by all NanoPi boards. Debian images are available for both systems, and although the NanoPi Fire2A wiki mentions Android compatibility, an Android image is available only for the NanoPi Fire3, probably due to the NanoPi Fire2A’s limited 512MB of RAM.

Fire3 supports Android 5.1


  • Processor:
    • NanoPi Fire2A — Samsung S5P4418 (4x Cortex-A9 @ 400MHz to 1.4GHz); 3D GPU
    • NanoPi Fire3 — Samsung S5P6818 (8x Cortex-A53 @ 400MHz to 1.4GHz); Mali-400 MP GPU
  • Memory/storage — 512MB (Fire2A) or 1GB (Fire3) DDR3; microSD slot
  • Display/multimedia:
    • Micro-HDMI 1.4a port
    • LCD interface with full-color RGB 8-8-8
    • DVP camera interface (includes ITU-R BT 601/656 8-bit, I2C, and I/O
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port (Realtek RTL8211E)
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 2.0 port
    • Micro-USB port with data and power support
    • Debug/serial interface
    • 40-pin RPi-compatible expansion interface with UART, SPI, I2C, PWM, I/O etc.
  • Other features — RTC with battery backup; 2x LEDs; power and reset buttons; optional heatsink, capacitive touchscreens, and camera
  • Power — 5V/2A via micro-USB; PMIC (Cortex-M0 MCU)
  • Dimensions — 75 x 40mm
  • Operating system — Debian; Android (image only for Fire3); FriendlyCore (based on Ubuntu Core 16.04)

The NanoPi Fire2A and the NanoPi Fire2A give LCD and DVP camera interfaces, a debug/serial interface, and a Raspberry Pi compatible 40-pin expansion interface. The 5V board also provides a power management chip with dynamic voltage control and an RTC (Real Time Clock) with battery backup. The heatsink, camera module, and touchscreens are optional.

Further Information. 

NanoPi Fire2A is available for $28, and the NanoPi Fire3 is available for $35, plus shipping. More information may be found at FriendlyElec’s NanoPi Fire2A product page and wiki and NanoPi Fire3 product page and wiki, as well as the FriendlyARM GitHub page.

NanoPi NEO kit lets you build your own network-attached storage system for about $30

@ liliputing.com writes:

The NanoPi Neo is a tiny computer with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, Ethernet and USB ports, and support for a number of accessories.

Measuring just 1.6″ x 1.6″ it’s smaller than most Raspberry Pi computers, and with a starting price of $7 it’s also an awfully affordable computer capable of running Ubuntu Linux.

NanoPi NEO kit lets you build your own network-attached storage system for about $30 – [Link]

NanoPi S2, A $45 Development Board For Professionals & Hobbyists

FriendlyArm has released NanoPi S2, a small board with WiFi, Bluetooth and eMMC for professionals, enterprise users, makers and hobbyists.


This NanoPi board uses the Samsung Quad Core Cortex-A9 S5P4418 SoC with dynamic frequency scaling up to 1.4GHz. It comes with 1G DDR3 RAM, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi & Bluetooth 4.0 module. The NanoPi S2 is powered over the MicroUSB port, It also has video input/output interface, 3.5mm audio jack, USB port and MicroSD card slot, serial debug port and ADC pin-header.

Hardware Specifications:
  • CPU: S5P4418, dynamic frequency from 400Mhz to 1.4GHz
  • PMU Power Management Unit: AXP228. It supports software shutdown and wake-up functions.
  • DDR3 RAM: 1GB
  • eMMC: 8GB
  • Wireless:802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth:4.0 dual mode
  • MicroSD Slot: 1 x MicroSD Slot
  • Audio: 3.5mm jack/Via HDMI
  • Microphone: 3.5mm jack
  • USB Host: 1 x USB 2.0 Host
  • Micro USB: 1 x MicroUSB, USB 2.0 for both data transmission and power input
  • LCD Interface: 0.5 mm pitch 45-pin SMT FPC seat, for full-color LCD (RGB: 8-8-8)
  • HDMI: microHDMI,1080P60 output
  • DVP Camera Interface: 0.5mm pitch 24-pin FPC seat.
  • LVDS:0.5mm pitch 24-Pin FPC seat
  • GPIO1: 2.54mm pitch 40pin, compatible with Raspberry Pi’s GPIO. It includes UART, SPI, I2C, PWM, IO and etc
  • ADC: onboard ADC pin header
  • Serial Debug Port:2.54mm pitch 4-Pin header
  • Antenna Interface: IPX
  • User Key: 1 x Power , 1 x Boot Mode Switch
  • LED: 1 x Power LED, 1 x System LED
  • RTC: RTC Pins
  • PCB Size(mm): 75 x 40, 8 layer, ENIG
  • Power Supply: DC 5V/2A
  • OS/Software: u-boot, Android5.1, Debian8


The NanoPi S2 has various interfaces, ports such as LVDS, and GPIOs which are compatible with Raspberry Pi’s GPIOs and ts PCB dimension is 40 * 75 mm.
The NanoPi S2 works with most of the modules and OS images that are developed for FriendlyElec’s S5P4418 based boards.

To start using NanoPi S2 you need MicroSD Card/TF Card, a DC 5V/2A power, HDMI monitor or LCD, USB keyboard, mouse and possibly a USB hub, a host computer running Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit system. It’s recommended to use a Class10 8GB SDHC TF card to boot and run fast.


NanoPi S2 is similar to NanoPi 2 with replacing one of the micro SD slot by an eMMC flash, and adding an LVDS connector, an audio jack, and  an ADC header. The S2 is supported with the same software of NanoPi 2 with Android 5.1 and Debian 8 images. The NanoPi S2 is available for $45 directly on FriendlyARM website.

NanoPi NEO is an $8 Ubuntu board


The NanoPi NEO is another fun board developed by FriendlyARM for makers, hobbyists and fans and costs $8. It is based on Allwinner H3, Quad-core Cortex-A7 Up to 1.2GHz and comes with DDR3 RAM: 256MB/512MB versions and USB and Ethernet connectivity.

NanoPi NEO is an $8 Ubuntu board – [Link]