Maker Board Spotlight: Lenovo Leez SBC P710 Specs and More

The Lenovo Leez SBC P710 is a beefy single-board computer (SBC). Outfitted with an RK3399 system-on-chip, 4GB of RAM, and a 16GB eMMC module, it's a powerful yet small development board. Boasting Android 9.0 Pie support and artificial intelligence (AI) processing capabilities, the Lenovo Leez P710 is a unique maker board. Learn all about the Lenovo Leez SBC P710, from its specs to compatible operating systems (OSes), and if it's worth buying!

What is the Lenovo Leez SBC P710?

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Although Lenovo may be best-known for both its consumer laptops and desktops including the ultra-popular ThinkPad lineup as well as its excellent server hardware, Lenovo dabbles in all sorts of computing devices. And the Lenovo Leez SBC P710 is a powerful maker board alternative to the Raspberry Pi. The Leez SBC P710 is powered by an RK3399 six-core 64-bit chip clocked at up to 2.0Ghz. That's mated to a Mali-T860 MP4 GPU with three display interfaces. There's up to 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and a 16GB eMMC module with compatibility for up to 512GB of storage space. 

Connectivity is excellent. The Lenovo Leez P710 features an Ethernet port, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.0. A 40-pin GPIO (general purpose input/output) connector allows you to hook up a variety of different components. Additionally, the Leez P710 maker board packs an IPX antenna connector and a real-time clock (RTC). Its M.2 connector allows for 4G LTE support, and the Leez P710 can output video up to 4K at 60Hz.

Lenovo Leez P710 Specs

  • CPU Rockchip RK3399
  • GPU: Mali-T860 MP4 GPU
  • Storage: 1 x microSD card slot, 1 x 16GB eMMC module
  • M.2 B-key for 4G LTE support
  • USIM slot
  • Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0
  • IPX antenna connector
  • 2 x 4-Lane MIPI-CSI, dual ISP video connectors
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0a with 4K@60Hz support,HDCP 1.4/2.2, DP*1(usb type c) /4-Lane MIPI-DSI*1
  • USB: USB 1 x 3.0A, 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C with DisplayPort, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 xUSB Type-C with 5V power input
  • 40-pin GPIO header
  • RTC
  • DC 5V/3A power jack
  • Dimensions: 85mm x 85mm
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What Operating Systems can the Lenovo Leez SBC P710 Run - Android, Linux, and More

Like many maker boards, the Lenovo Leez SBC P710 can run a variety of different Linux distributions (distros). Debian-based OSes such as Debian, Ubuntu, and Lubuntu run well on the Lenovo Leez. What's more, the P710 offers Android 9.0 support. 

The Rockchip RK3399 provides artificial intelligence capabilities for edge computing applications. And uniquely, the Leez SBC P710 is optimized for Caffe and the ANdroid NN SDK for machine learning on Android. While Android 9.0 Pie comes pre-installed on the 16GB eMMC module, Debian and Android 7.1 run well on the Lenovo Leez as well. A GitHub features various resources such as Linux and Android source code, sample apps, OS images, and cloud platform support for AWS and Azure.

Lenovo Leez SBC P710 compatible OSes: 

What can You Make With a Lenovo Leez P710 Maker Board - Lenovo Leez SBC P710 Applications

Boasting a beefy Rockchip RK3399 SoC, Mali-T860 MP4 GPU, and Android 9.0 support, the Lenovo Leez P710 is capable of many different projects. Notably, its M.2 slot lets you add 4G LTE mobile wireless network connectivity. Further, there are loads of different accessories such as a 10.1-inch touchscreen display and a camera module. 

With its native Android 9.0 Pie OS compatibility and 4G LTE support, the Leez P710 works well for digital signage projects. Pairing a Lenovo Leez P710 with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, 4G LTE module, and Android 9.0 makes a great digital signage device. 4K video output further contributes to the Leez's digital signage prowess. Sporting artificial intelligence processing capabilities with its RK3399 SoC and a camera module, the Lenovo P710 SBC is tailor-made for AI applications such as machine learning or image processing projects like facial or object recognition. You could also make a basic desktop running Linux or Ubuntu. And with its 40-pin GPIO header, you can connect any number of maker projects.

Should You Buy the Lenovo Leez SBC P710?

So is the Lenovo Leez SBC P710 worth it? For digital signage and AI applications, absolutely. The Leez P710 packs quite a performance punch with its RK3399 SoC and Mali-T860 MP4 GPU. With native on-device AI processing power and official Android 9.0 Pie support, the Leez P710 can tackle artificial intelligence making such as machine learning and image identification with ease. Similarly, digital signage projects are a breeze with its optional 4G LTE add-on, camera module, and 10.1-inch touchscreen. 

The Raspberry Pi is a cheaper alternative that clocks in at a cheaper price point. While the Raspberry Pi can handle AI do-it-yourselfing (DIYing), the Pi requires some sort of additional hardware like the Coral AI USB accelerator. Nvidia's Jetson Nano, available in 2GB and 4GB variants, is a budget-priced AI-capable maker board. Likewise, the Nvidia Jetson Xavier NX is one of the most powerful development boards on the market, and can handle AI quite well.

Although it's not the cheapest dev board available, the Lenovo Leez SBC P710 touts a great price-to-performance ratio. Native Android compatibility and out-of-the-box artificial intelligence support make it a compelling choice over the lower-priced but less capable Raspberry Pi 4, or pricier SBCs such as the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX. 

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Lenovo Leez SBC P710 Final Thoughts - An Awesome Maker Board for AI and Digital Signage

Overall, the Lenovo Leez SBC P710 delivers a good feature set at a fair price. It's particularly well-suited for digital signage and artificial intelligence applications. Native Android support and a host of different accessories such as a camera module, 4G LTE card, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen allow for a variety of different projects. 

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