Top 10 raspberry pi 2 alternatives

Under given is my list of top 10 alternatives of raspberry pi 2 boards for embedded system developments.

1. BeagleBone Black as Raspberry PI 2 alternative

BeagleBone Black Price: $49

What is BeagleBone Black?

BeagleBone Black as Raspberry PI 2 alternative

BeagleBone Black as Raspberry PI 2 alternative

BeagleBone Black is a low-cost, community-supported development platform for developers and hobbyists. Boot Linux in under 10 seconds and get started on development in less than 5 minutes with just a single USB cable.

Processor: AM335x 1GHz ARM® Cortex-A8

  • 512MB DDR3 RAM
  • 4GB 8-bit eMMC on-board flash storage
  • 3D graphics accelerator
  • NEON floating-point accelerator
  • 2x PRU 32-bit microcontrollers


  • USB client for power & communications
  • USB host
  • Ethernet
  • HDMI
  • 2x 46 pin headers

Software Compatibility

  • Debian
  • Android
  • Ubuntu
  • Cloud9 IDE on Node.js w/ BoneScript library
  • plus much more

2. ODROID-XU4 Board as Raspberry PI 2 alternative

ODROID-XU4 Price: $74

ODROID-XU4 Board as Raspberry PI 2 alternative

ODROID-XU4 Board as Raspberry PI 2 alternative

ODROID-XU4 is a new generation of computing device with more powerful, more energy-efficient hardware and a smaller form factor.
Offering open source support, the board can run various flavors of Linux, including the latest Ubuntu 15.04 and Android 4.4 KitKat and 5.0 Lollipop.
By implementing the eMMC 5.0, USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, the ODROID-XU4 boasts amazing data transfer speeds, a feature that is increasingly required to support advanced processing power on ARM devices.
This allows users to truly experience an upgrade in computing, especially with faster booting, web browsing, networking, and 3D games.

CPUSamsung Exynos-5422 : Cortex™-A15 and Cortex™-A7 big.LITTLE processor with 2GByte LPDDR3 RAM
eMMC 5.0 module(Option)16GB/32GB : Sandisk iNAND Extreme
64GB : Toshiba eMMC
PMICSamsung S2MPS11 9 high-efficiency Buck, 1 Buck-Boost regulators, RTC and 38 LDOs. Contact Samsung for more information
Ethernet controller
Realtek RTL8153 The Realtek RTL8153-CG 10/100/1000M Ethernet controller combines an IEEE 802.3u compliant Media Access Controller (MAC), USB 3.0 bus controller. QFN-48 Package
USB 3.0 HubGenesys GL3521 The Genesys GL3521 is a 2-port, low-power, and configurable USB 3.0 SuperSpeed hub controller. QFN-48 Package
USB Load SwitchNCP380 Protection IC for USB power supply from OnSemi.
Input Power protectorNCP372 Over-voltage, Over-current, Reverse-voltage protection IC from OnSemi.
LED indicatorBlue LED to display the status of operating system
HDMI connectorStandard Type-A HDMI, supports up to 1920 x 1080 resolution
IO PortsUSB 3.0 Host x 2, USB 2.0 Host x 1, PWM for Cooler Fan, UART for serial console
Ethernet RJ-45, 30Pin : GPIO/IRQ/SPI/ADC, 12Pin : GPIO/I2S/I2C
Storage slotMicro-SD slot, eMMC 5.0 module connector
DC Input5V / 4A input, Plug specification is inner diameter 2.1mm and outer diameter 5.5mm

3.Banana Pi Pro as Raspberry PI 2 alternative

Banana Pi Pro price: $50.Banana Pi Pro as Raspberry PI 2 alternative


The Banana Pi from is for Raspberry Pi lovers who just want more processing speed and a few added features. The Banana Pi has the same board layout and supports the same add-on modules as the R Pi, though the board itself is slightly larger.

The Banana Pi has a dual-core 1 GHz processor, twice the RAM as the R Pi and an on-board microphone. It’s being exclusively sold through the Ali Express website for $50.

DeveloperBanana Pi
TypeSingle-board computer
Release dateOctober 2014
Operating systemAndroid (Android 4.2, Android 4.4),Linux (Bananian, Lubuntu, Raspbian, Debian GNU/Linux, Fedora, Arch Linux ARM, Gentoo, openSUSE), Berryboot, FreeBSD, OpenWrt
System-on-chip usedAllwinner A20[2]
CPUARM Cortex-A7 Dual-core (ARMv7-A) 1 GHz
StorageMicroSD card & SATA 2.0
GraphicsMali-400 MP2[3]
Dimensions92 mm × 60 mm
Weight48 g
WebsiteBanana M1

4.Orange pi as Raspberry PI 2 alternative

Orange pi price: $35.00Orange as Raspberry PI 2 alternative


What can I do with Orange Pi 2?


  • A computer
  • A wireless server
  • Games
  • Music and sounds
  • HD video
  • A speaker
  • Android
  • Scratch
  • Pretty much anything else, because Orange Pi 2 is open source

Who’s it for?

Orange Pi 2 is for anyone who wants to start creating with technology – not just consuming it. It’s a simple, fun, useful tool that you can use to start taking control of the world around you.

Hardware specification

CPU H3 Quad-core Cortex-A7 H.265/HEVC 4K
GPU·Mali400MP2 GPU @600MHz
·Supports OpenGL ES 2.0
Memory (SDRAM)1GB DDR3 (shared with GPU)
Onboard StorageTF card (Max. 64GB) / MMC card slot
Onboard Network10/100M Ethernet RJ45
Onboard WIFIRealtek RTL8189ETV, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Video InputA CSI input connector Camera:

Supports 8-bit YUV422 CMOS sensor interface

Supports CCIR656 protocol for NTSC and PAL

Supports SM pixel camera sensor

Supports video capture solution up to [email protected]

Audio InputMIC
Video OutputsSupports HDMI output with HDCP

Supports HDMI CEC

Supports HDMI 30 function

Integrated CVBS

Supports simultaneous output of HDMI and CVBS

Audio Output3.5 mm Jack and HDMI
Power SourceDC input can supply power, but USB OTG input don’t supply power
USB 2.0 PortsFour USB 2.0 HOST, one USB 2.0 OTG
ButtonsPower Button(SW4), Recovery Button(SW2)

UBoot Button(SW3)

Low-level peripherals40 Pins Header,compatible with Raspberry Pi B+
GPIO(1×3) pinUART, ground.
LEDPower led & Status led
Supported OSAndroid Ubuntu, Debian, Rasberry Pi Image

Interface definition

Product size93 mm × 60mm
Orange Pi™ is a trademark of the Shenzhen Xunlong Software CO., Limited

5.Intel® Galileo Gen 2 Board as Raspberry PI 2 alternative

Intel® Galileo Gen 2 Board price: $64.11Intel Galileo Gen 2 Board

Intel® Galileo Gen 2 Board

The Intel® Galileo Gen 2 board is the first in a family of Arduino*-certified development and prototyping boards based on Intel® architecture and specifically designed for makers, students, educators, and DIY electronics enthusiasts.

• Intel® Quark™ SoC X1000 application processor, a 32-bit, single-core, single-thread, Intel® Pentium® processor instruction set architecture (ISA)-compatible, operating at speeds up to 400 MHz.

• Support for a wide range of industry standard I/O interfaces, including a full-sized mini-PCI Express* slot, 100 Mb Ethernet port, microSD* slot, USB host port, and USB client port.

• 256 MB DDR3, 512 kb embedded SRAM, 8 MB NOR Flash, and 8 kb EEPROM standard on the board, plus support for microSD card up to 32 GB.

Physical Characteristics

  • 10 cm long and 7 cm wide with the USB connectors, UART jack, Ethernet connector, and power jack extending beyond the former dimension
  • Four screw holes allow the board to be attached to a surface or case
  • Reset button to reset the sketch and any attached shields

Processor Features

  • Instruction set architecture (ISA)-compatible 32-bit Intel® Pentium® processor
    • 16 Kbytes L1 cache
    • 512 Kbytes of on-die embedded SRAM
    • Simple to program: single thread, single core, constant speed
    • ACPI-compatible CPU sleep states supported
    • Integrated real-time clock (RTC) with optional 3V “coin cell” battery for operation between turn on cycles
    • 400 MHz clock speed

Storage Options

  • 8 Mbyte Legacy SPI Flash to store firmware (bootloader) and the latest sketch
    • Between 256 Kbytes and 512 Kbytes dedicated for sketch storage
    • 512 Kbytes embedded SRAM
    • 256 Mbytes DRAM
    • Optional micro SD card offers up to 32 Gbytes of storage
    • USB storage works with any USB 2.0 compatible drive
    • 11 Kbytes EEPROM programmed via the EEPROM library

6.Rock2 Main as Raspberry PI 2 alternative

Rock2 Main price: $79

Rock2 Main as Raspberry PI 2 alternative


Radxa Rock2 is a series of the second generation SBC(Single Board Computer) from Radxa. The rock2 series uses the modular design for flexibility and cost saving for the users.



  • Power
  • Storage
  • USB
  • Ethernet
  • Display
  • Wireless
  • Audio
  • Misc
  • extension header

Square Baseboard

  • 5V/3A
  • uSD up to 128GB, 2.5″ hard drive up to 4TB *
  • 1 x OTG, 3 x host
  • 1000M
  • HDMI 2.0, eDP, LVDS***
  • Bluetooth 4.0(BLE support), 802.11 a/b/g/n/c wifi
  • SPDIF, Headphone with line in, Mic
  • IR, debug UART, RTC
  • 50pin 2mm LVDS, 40pin 2.54mm for gpio, i2c, uart, spi

Full Baseboard

  • 5~12V/4A
  • uSD up to 128GB, 2.5″/3.5″ HD up to 4TB
  • 1 x OTG, 2 x host
  • Dual 1000M **
  • HDMI 2.0, eDP, LVDS, MIPI
  • Bluetooth 4.0(BLE support), 802.11 a/b/g/n/c wifi, HSPA/WCDMA, EDGE/GPRS/GSM
  • Headphone with line in, Mic
  • IR, debug UART, RTC
  • 2 x 40pin 2.54mm header for gpio, i2c, uart, spi

For square base board, 3.5″ hard drive is also supported with external power, both sata via USB bridge, max speed 480Mbit/s.

** For full base board, one 1000M ethernet via USB bridge, max speed 480Mbit/s

*** LVDS via the 50pin 2.0mm header

7.Cotton Candy? as Raspberry PI 2 alternativeCotton Candy price: US$199Cotton Candy as Raspberry PI 2 alternative
Cotton Candy is the first generation, any screen microcomputer from FXI Technologies’ line of Cstick device platforms.

  • HD computing on any screen
  • Most computing power per cubic inch
  • Quad-Core ARM ® Mali™ 400MP GPU
  • Dual core ARM ® Cortex ™ A9 1.2 GHz CPU
  • 1 GB DRAM + Up to 64 GB local storage
  • Takes control of any USB or HDMI device
  • Interfaces with any USB/Bluetooth peripherals
  • Connects to Internet via WiFi
  • Supports all major operating systems and device environments
  • Patented any screen technology
  • Extremely low power
  • Patented security features
  • Mobile components, PC performance
8.pcDuino8 Uno as Raspberry PI 2 alternativepcDuino8 Uno price: $49pcDuino8 Uno as Raspberry PI 2 alternative



pcDuino8 Uno is a high performance, cost effective single board computer. It runs operation systems such as Ubuntu Linux and Android. pcDuino8 Uno has HDMI interface to output its graphic desktop screen. It could support multi-format 1080p 60fps video decoder and 1080p 30fps H.265/HEVC  video encoder with its built-in hardware video processing engine.   It targets specially the fast growing demands from the open source community. pcDuino8 Uno provides easy-to-use tool chains and is compatible with the popular Arduino ecosystem such as Arduino Shields.

Hardware Specifications


CPUAllWinner H8 8-Core Cortex-A7 @ 2.0GHz
GPUPower VR SG544 @720MHz
Onboard StoragemicroSD card slot for up to 32GB
Network InterfaceGbps RJ45
  • Ubuntu 14
  • Android 4.4
Video OutputHDMI 1.4 with HDCP support
Arduino extension interfaceArduino sockets, same as Arduino Uno14x GPIO, 2xPWM, 1x UART, 1x SPI 1x I2C

6xADC (extra module needed to provide ADC)

HDMI1 x HDMI 1.4
Audio Output1 x 3.5mm analog audio interface
IR1 x Infrared Receiver (Not populated, user can post-install)
USB1 x USB Host, 1 x USB OTG
Power 5V, 2000mA Micro USB
Overall Size3 5/8″ x 2 1/8″

9.PandaBoard as Raspberry PI 2 alternative

PandaBoard price: US$174PandaBoardas Raspberry PI 2 alternative

The PandaBoard is a low-power, low-cost single-board computer development platform based on the Texas Instruments OMAP4430 system on a chip (SoC). The board has been available to the public at the subsidized[1] price of US$174 since 27 October 2010. It is a community supported development platform.[2]

The PandaBoard ES is a newer version based on the OMAP4460 SoC, with the CPU and GPU running at higher clock rates. The board has been available to the public at the subsidized price of US$182 since 16 November 2011. Like its predecessor, it is a community supported development platform.[3]

PandaBoard ES Technical Specs

Core Logic OMAP4460 applications processor

  • Dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ with Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) at 1.2 GHz each. Allows for 150% performance increase over previous ARM Cortex-A8 cores.
  • Full HD (1080p) multi-standard video encode/decode
  • Imagination Technologies’ POWERVR™ SGX540 graphics core supporting all major API’s including OpenGL® ES v2.0, OpenGL ES v1.1, OpenVG v1.1 and EGL v1.3 and delivering 2x sustained performance compared to the previous SGX530 core
  • Low power audio


  • HDMI v1.3 Connector (Type A) to drive HD displays
  • DVI-D Connector (can drive a 2nd display, simultaneous display; requires HDMI to DVI-D adapter)
  • LCD expansion header
  • DSI Support


  • 1 GB low power DDR2 RAM
  • Full size SD/MMC card cage with support for High-Speed & High-Capacity SD cards


  • 3.5″  Audio in/out
  • HDMI Audio out
  • Sterio audio input support


  • Onboard 10/100 Ethernet

Wireless Connectivity

  • 802.11 b/g/n (based on WiLink™ 6.0)
  • Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR (based on WiLink™ 6.0)


  • 1x USB 2.0 High-Speed On-the-go port
  • 2x USB 2.0 High-Speed host ports
  • General purpose expansion header (I2C, GPMC, USB, MMC, DSS, ETM)
  • Camera expansion header
  • LCD signal expansion using a single set of resistor banks


  • JTAG
  • UART/RS-232
  • 2 status LEDs (configurable)
  • 1 GPIO Button
  • Sysboot switch available on board


  • Height: 4.5″ (114.3 mm)
  • Width:  4.0″ (101.6 mm)
  • Weight: 2.88 oz (81.5 grams)

10.NanoPC-T1 Box as Raspberry PI 2 alternative

NanoPC-T1 Box price: $67USD

10.NanoPC-T1 Box as Raspberry PI 2 alternative









CPU processor

  • Samsung Cortex-A9 Quad-core Exynos4412, 1.5GHz


  • RAM: 1GB DDR3 RAM, 32bit data bus
  • Flash: 8GB eMMC Flash

NanoPC Box interface

  • HDMI output resolution: 1080P (1920×1080)
  • One Audio Out in jack
  • USB OTG: One MicroUSB interface
  • USB Host: two USB Host 2.0 interface
  • Ethernet: 100Mhz Ethernet, RJ45
  • SD Card slot
  • DC 5V/2A input
  • Size: 100x60mm

Interface inside the BOX

  • Debug: One Debug Serial Port
  • LCD: TFT LCD interface, support Capacitive/Resistive screen with LCD adapter board
  • Audio In: One MIC in box
  • IR: one Infrared Receiver
  • Two USER KEY
  • Two User LED
  • Six Digital sensor I/O
  • CMOS CAMERA Interface
  • MIPI interface: Support HD Camera
  • GPIO1-34Pin: UARTx2, SPIx1, I2Cx1, GPIOx14, 5V, 3.3V and other signals
  • GPIO2-16Pin: UARTx1, GPIOx2, SDIOx1, USB Host2.0x1,  5V, 3.3V

System Support

  • Linux + Qt
  • Ubuntu-1308
  • Android 5.0.2
  • Source Code provide In DVD

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