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Raspberry Pi alternatives: The most recent boards available to buy

La Frite

What it offers

The $15 La Frite comes close to matching the $35 Pi 3 B+ in some key respects, using the same underlying Arm-based CPU and even offering faster DDR4 memory.

On paper, the La Frite also promises comparable video playback performance to the Pi 3 B+, can output to 1080p displays via HDMI 1.4, and offers two USB 2.0 ports.

As you'd expect there are various cutbacks. The board is missing the Pi 3 B+'s Wi-Fi support, offers a slightly slower wired Ethernet connection, and has a slightly slower processor.

Specs

CPU: Quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex A53 CPU @ 1.2GHz

GPU: Mali-450

Memory: 512MB / 1GB DDR4 @ 2400MHz

Display: HDMI 1.4 with 1080P output

Connectivity: 100MB Ethernet

Ports: USB 2.0 host, USB 2.0 OTG

Misc: IR sensor, 128Mb SPI NOR

Where to buy

The board is available to buy here for $15.

SEE: Inside the Raspberry Pi: The story of the $35 computer that changed the world (TechRepublic cover story)

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By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic. He writes about the technology that IT decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.