New pocket-sized computer announced | MyGaming

Banana Pi has announced its next-generation single-board computer (SBC)– the BPI-M6.

The new Chinese-manufactured SBC is an alternative to the British-manufactured Raspberry Pi – which has sold over 40 million units since its launch in 2012.

Although spec details have been released, the price and launch date are yet to be announced.

Size doesn’t matter

The BPI-M6 may look somewhat unremarkable, but it has astonishing power considering its small size – its dimensions are only 92x60mm.

The CPU comprises a quad-core Cortex-A73, which clocks in at 2.1GHZ, and a Cortex M3 core.

The processor is then bundled with an Imagination GE9920 GPU and a 6.75 Tops NPU, allowing for VideoSmart VS680 capability.

VideoSmart VS680 uses AI technology to create user-specific interactions – most notably for kiosks or point-of-sale products.

The BPI-M6 also has 4GBs of LPDDR4 RAM, while a MicroSD slot and 16GB eMMC Flash support are available for storage.

The one HDMI output will allow for impressive video output of 4K60.

The 4 USB 3.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet socket are similar to what is found in Raspberry Pi, and the device is charged via a USB-C port.

From a software perspective, the SBC can run both Android and Linux OSs.

(Full specs are listed down below)

Utility

Linux Gaming is Still Relevant

It is important to note that the BPI-M6 is not a direct replacement for a standard PC.

Banana Pi’s, like Raspberry Pi’s, products are mainly used by tech enthusiasts to do simple tasks – operate a Wi-Fi security camera, play old arcade games, host standalone web servers, etc.

Moreover, the BPI-M6 will allow users to get familiar with the Linux OS; however, most people will still need to use Windows or macOS on their primary PC as Linux does not support every app – such as MS Office.

Ultimately, the BPI-M6 is an impressive addition to Banana Pi’s collection of small yet powerful PCs, but it is designed for those interested in PC hardware.

Full spec

Spec Details
CPU Quad-core Cortex-A73 and Cortex-M3 processor
GPU Imagination GE9920 GPU
NPU Up to 6.75 Tops
Just 10/100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet
RAM 4GB LPDDR4
Storage MicroSD slot 16G eMMC flash
Video 1 x HDMI 2.1 out, and 1 HDMI in Port
Audio 1 x HDMI digital output
display MIPI DSI interface
M.2 M.2 Key E(PCIe + MIPI CSI)
USB USB 3.0 PORT (x4)
switches SPI boot and U-boot
LED Power Status and Activity status
Power 5 volts @3A TYPE C
Size 92x60mm, 48g
OS Android and Linux

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