MangoPi MQ Quad features quad-core Allwinner H616 in a Pi Zero form-factor

MangoPi has just released the MQ-Quad, a Raspberry Pi Zero sized board featuring a quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor. Supported by 1GB of DDR3 RAM, WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities this board is shaping up to be quite a well featured Pi Zero “clone”. In terms of pricing, the MQ-Quad is currently listed on Aliexpress for around £35.

The Allwinner H616 processor uses the 64 bit architecture of the four Arm Cortex-A53 cores alongside a Mali-G31 MP2 GPU. This GPU supports OpenGL ES 3.2 and Vulkan 1.1. In regards to connectivity, there are two USB-C ports on the board, one mini HDMI, a micro SD card slot, a Raspberry Pi compatible 40 pin header and a FPC connector for extra expansion (ethernet, USB etc).

The full specifications of the MQ-Quad are as follows:

  • SoC: Allwinner H616
    • CPU: 4x Arm Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.5GHz
    • GPU: Mali-G31 MP2 with OpenGL ES 3.2 and Vulkan 1.1 support
  • RAM: 1GB DDR3
  • Connectivity:
    • Micro SD card slot for storage
    • 2x USB-C ports
    • 1x mini HDMI
    • WiFi 4 – 802.11 b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 4.2
    • 40-pin Raspberry Pi header
    • FPC connector (18-pin)
  • Dimensions:
    • Raspberry Pi Zero form factor
    • 65x30x5mm
  • Power:
    • 5V via GPIO header or USB-C port

At the moment, software images are provided for Tina-linux, Ubuntu and Android 10 and these are available here.

There is an option to add an aluminium heatsink to help with heat dissipation.

This board is very similar to MangoPi’s previous Raspberry Pi Zero sized board, the MQ-Pro, which was instead powered by the Allwinner D1, a single core RISC-V based processor. The at-launch software support of the MQ-Quad is significantly better than the MQ-Pro was due to the MQ-Quad’s Arm architecture.

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