When we last visited Rock Pi last year, the company had announced the Rock Pi 4 with a hexa-core big.LITTLE ARM64 based system-on-a-chip (SoC), up to 4GB of RAM, and support for M.2 storage. Now, Rock Pi is back at it again with another single board PC that operates in the same space as the expansive Raspberry Pi family of devices. Meet the the new Rock Pi S, which is a diminutive little device that measures just 3.8cm2.
Powering the Rock Pi S is a quad-core Rockchip RK3308 SoC. All four cores are using reference 64-bit Cortex-A35 designs, come clocked at 1.3GHz, and are paired with either 256MB or 512MB of RAM.
Despite its small size, the Rock Pi S still comes relatively packed with features including a 26-pin GPIO header and a microSD reader. Also onboard is a 100Mbps Ethernet port, a USB 2.0 Type-A port, and a USB Type-C port for 5V power. If you need wireless connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi is optional. As for included storage, you have your choice of 1GB, 2GB, 4GB or 8GB of integrated NAND depending on how much you’re willing to pay.
Given its meager specs and small stature, you’d expect the Rock Pi S to comes with an equally small price tag — and you’d be right. The Rock Pi S will be available to the public later this summer starting at an incredibly low $9.90 for 256MB of RAM, 1GB of NAND and no wireless connectivity. We will definitely be watching for it on Amazon.