Friendly Arm / Friendly Elec has a newer Neo out — the NanoPi Neo Plus2.
I’ve been pretty happy with my NanoPi Neo Air server — it has been running 24⁄7 since last October with only one short downtime (a local power outage). I’ve been waiting for Friendly Arm / Friendly Elec to release a board that combines the wireless and eMMC features of the Neo Air with the ethernet and usb ports of the Neo and they did with the Neo Plus 2 (actually a combination of the Neo Air and Neo2, with added RAM). The key features I am interested in:
- H5 quad-core 1.5GHz A53
- 1 GB RAM
- 8 GB eMMC
- 2 usb 2.0 ports
- ethernet port 10/100/1000
- microSD card slot
I just ordered the Neo Plus2 basic kit which is priced at \$29.00 US and \$5.00 shipping to my location in Canada (total shipped priced in Canadian dollars: \$45.37 at the current exchange rate). The kit includes: the board, heat sink, usb cable, acrylic case, and antenna.
This unit is destined to replace an RPi3 development server, which (because it has HDMI out) will then get retasked for a smart display project for my mother (she has dementia which has progressed to the point she can no longer effectively use her iPad). That project will be the subject of a future post.