SONOFF NSPanel Pro Android Control Panel doubles as a Wi-Fi and Zigbee Smart Home Gateway

ITEAD introduced the SONOFF NSPanel Pro Smart Home Control Panel running Android 8.1 on a Rockchip PX30 quad-core Cortex-A35 processor and acting as a Smart Home Gateway through 802.15.4 radio for Zigbee 3.0, and 2.4 GHz 802.11b WiFi for connectivity.

The NSPanel Pro follows the ESP32-powered SONOFF NSPanel introduced last year, but offers much more flexibility with Android, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of eMMC flash memory, and also offers a slightly larger capacitive touchscreen of 3, 95 inches with 480×480 resolution.

SONOFF NS Panel Pro Specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip PX30 quad-core Cortex-A35 processor with Arm Mali-G31 GPU
  • System memory – 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC 5.1 flash
  • Display – 3.95 inch capacitive touchscreen color TFT display with 480×480 resolution
  • Audio – 1W speaker, digital microphone for two-way communication (intercom)
  • Connectivity
    • 802.15.4 radio with Zigbee 3.0 support. Matter and BLE Mesh planned for 2023
    • 2.4GHz 802.11b Wi-Fi
  • Sensor – Light sensor for automatic brightness adjustments
  • Power Input – 100-240VAC 50/60Hz
  • Power consumption – up to 5W maximum
  • Dimensions – 86 x 86 x 39.5mm
  • Shell Materials – PC V0 + CRS + Tempered Glass
  • Certifications – CE, UKCA/SRRC/RoHS

Rockchip PX30 Smart Home Control Panel

The SONOFF NSPanel Pro can do what your phone running eWelink app could do, like add and control WiFi and Zigbee Smart Home devices, plan scenes, etc. But it also removes the need for a Zigbee to WiFi gateway, can be used as a video doorbell (with a camera), an alarm system (with a door or window sensor), an alarm color, etc. .

The box is designed for European gang boxes, but US users can still use the control panel with a stand, as shown in the video below, along with other use cases.

As rated by NoteEnoughTECH, there’s no ESP32 or ESP8266 inside, so you won’t be able to flash Sonoff Tasmota, but since it’s running Android 8.1, it should be possible to root it if you want to hack it. Zigbee 3.0 is implemented with a Silicon Labs MG21 microcontroller, at least on the first samples provided to reviewers, but it’s not impossible that this could change over time to something like TI CC2652 depending on parts availability.

As you can see from the specs, not all features will be implemented at launch, but ITEAD has released a timeline showing what they will be working on over the next six months or so. For example, support for Home Assistant and YEELIGHT lights is coming in September, call intercom and eWelink remote gateway in October, etc.

NSPanel Pro Software Programming

ITEAD is currently taking pre-orders for as low as $69.99 with shipping scheduled for September 20. You can also get extra 10% off with coupon CNXSOFTSONOFF [Update: this won’t work with NSPAnel Pro, but will with other products on the ITEAD store]. SONOFF NSPanel Pro will eventually sell for $119.99 after the pre-order event ends.

Thanks to Hedda for the advice.