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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 a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.