We already have for sale on Aliexpress the new PCB Banana Pi BPI-M4, a format similar like Raspberry Pi 3B+ with the RTD1395 SoC of Realtek. A PCB that in addition to including an M.2 port for SSD storage units has native support for video playback up to 4K resolutions and most of the latest generation formats VEC 4K@60fs, VP 9.2, H.264, HDR, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, Technicolor Prime and audio certification Dolby MS12 v1.3 Config A among others. Without a doubt a PCB oriented to projects for high quality video reproduction that compete with more expensive plates in this aspect.
SoC, RAM and storage
Banana Pi BPI-M4 includes, as we have already mentioned, the RTD1395 SoC, a Quad Core SoC with ARM Cortex-A53 processors and a Mali-470mp4 GPU. It also includes 1/2GB of DDR4 RAM, 8GB of eMMc storage memory and a microSD card reader. We also have an M.2 port where we can install an SSD of this format.
The Banana Pi BPI-M4 also includes WiFi ac connectivity level with external antenna connector, Bluetooth 4.2 and a 10/100 network port. The interfaces are quite complete and we have 4 USB 2.0 ports, a USB-Type-C, HDMI 2.0b, a 40-pin connector and a 3.5mm audio jack. The operating system available is not clear since in the WiKi only generic reference is made to Android and Linux.
Price and availability
- The PCB Banana Pi BPI-M4 can be purchased on Aliexpress.com for $38 (€34.21) plus shipping.