Banana Pi BPI-M7 debuts as new Pico-ITX sized single-board computer with 8K video outputs
Banana Pi has revealed the BPI-M7, a single-board computer (SBC) based around the Rockchip RK3588. Thus, the BPI-M7 has four Cortex-A76 CPU cores running at 2.4 GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores restricted to 1.8 GHz. Additionally, the Rockchip RK3588 features a Mali-G610 MP4 GPU and an NPU theoretically capable of 6 TOPS.
In other words, the BPI-M7 should perform about as well as the NanoPC-T6 that FriendlyELEC launched earlier this year (curr. US$218.90 on Amazon). However, Banana Pi plans to offer its SBC in 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB of LPDDR4X RAM SKUs, compared to 4 GB, 8 GB and 16 GB for the NanoPC-T6. Also, the BPI-M7 will come with 64 GB or 128 GB of eMMC flash storage, plus an M.2 Key M slot for PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSDs. According to Banana Pi, the BPI-M7 measures 92 x 62 mm, which means it conforms to the Pico-ITX form factor.
Moreover, the SBC supports Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and has a pair of 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet connections. As the image below shows, Banana Pi has included HDMI and USB Type-C ports, a pair of 8K video outputs it claims can output at 60 Hz and 30 Hz, respectively. The company has outlined that the BPI-M7 will support Android 12 and Debian Buster too, as well as the Linux 5.10 kernel. Unfortunately, it is not ready to confirm pricing details yet, with it remarking that the board is 'sample ready' for now instead.