Orange Pi 4 LTS

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Orange Pi 4 LTS

a viable, lower-cost alternative for Raspberry Pi 4


From the Orange Pi website:
Orange Pi is an open source single-board card computer, a new generation of arm64 development boards, which can run operating systems such as Android 8.1, Ubuntu and Debian. Orange Pi development board (Orange Pi 4 LTS) uses Rockchip RK3399 or RK3399-T SoC, and has 3GB or 4GB LPDDR4 memory

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For context, the footprint is 91mm x 55.7mm.







Installing an OS

The procedure for erasing the eMMC and burning a new OS to it is found in step 7 on this page. It involves removing the board from its case to access the reboot & upgrade buttons.

Orange Pi OS

Using Balena Etcher, follow these instructions to install the OS on an SD card. However, at the time of this writing, the Orange Pi software page says "Coming Soon", so apparently an update is in progress. Follow Orange Pi on Discord to see when it's available for downloading. However, it is preinstalled on the eMMC when it comes from the factory. It appears to be a customized version Android.


Read this before trying to flash a Linux image for Orange Pi. Samsung SD type1 cards are recommended, along with this card formatter. Apparently before it is possible to install Linux, the eMMC must be erased so the firmware will look for a boot disk (the image on the SD card). This video shows the process.


  • The Android 8.1 image is available on the Orange Pi wiki, but not from the main webpage. It comes pre-installed on the eMMC from the factory. This Reddit page has comments on finding and installing Android 9, although the reddit writer is having problems with it.