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Want a more powerful Raspberry Pi? Choose from these 20 alternatives

LattePanda

Price: $119

Pros

  • Runs Windows 10
  • CPU is clocked faster than the Raspberry Pi 3
  • Double the memory of the Pi 3
  • USB 3.0
  • Arduino compatible co-processor -- allow it to be used like an Arduino board to interact with electronics via the GPIO pins -- makes it suited to being an IoT development board.
  • On-board Wi-Fi / Bluetooth
  • Fits Raspberry Pi cases

Cons

  • While Linux-based operating systems run they are not officially supported.
  • Not always faster than the Pi when running open-source software.
  • Reports here and here that the board overheats without additional cooling, resulting in the processor being throttled to a slower speed.
  • More expensive than the Pi

Specs

  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home edition
  • CPU: 1.4GHz (19.2GHz burst) quad-core Intel Atom Cherry Trail Z8300
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3L (also available with 4GB)
  • Display: HDMI out and 3.5mm audio out ports
  • Storage: 32GB Flash
  • Connectivity: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100 Ethernet
  • Expansion: 6 x GPIO pins linked to Intel Processor. 20 x GPIO pins linked to Arduino-compatible ATmega processor.
  • USB: 2 x USB 2.0 host, 1 x USB 3.0 host
  • Voltage: 5V@2A
  • Dimensions (L x W) : 88 x 70mm / 3.46 x 2.76-inches
  • Weight: 55g

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By Nick Heath

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