Freematics Esprit is an Arduino compatible development board based on Espressif ESP32 SoC designed for casual or serious IoT and telematics projects. The board leads out nearly all I/O pins from ESP32 into standard Arduino factor, making it familiar to Arduino players and also compatible with some existing Arduino shields.


  • Compatible with Arduino UNO pinouts
  • Up to 240MHz clock frequency
  • 520kB internal SRAM, 4MB internal Flash
  • Integrated 802.11 BGN WiFi transceiver
  • Integrated dual-mode Bluetooth (classic and BLE)
  • Onboard xBee socket with switchable VCC voltage
  • Additional I2C, 2x serial UART pinouts



Freematics Esprit leads out nearly all useful ESP32’s GPIO pins, arranged in a deliberated order, to balance between accessibility and Arduino compatibility.

In addition to standard Arduino pin headers, following extra interfaces are available.

  • 4-pin I2C header: SDA(GPIO21), SCL(GPIO22), 3.3v, GND
  • 4-pin serial UART header #1: Rx(GPIO16), Tx(GPIO17), VCC (3.3V/5V), GND
  • 4-pin serial UART header #2: Rx(GPIO32), Tx(GPIO33), VCC (3.3V/5V), GND
  • xBee socket: Rx(GPIO32), Tx(GPIO33), VCC (3.3V/5V), GND

In fact, ESP32’s GPIO pins are fully configurable so the above additional pinouts are just for default/recommended usage and literally they can be remapped for any I/O purposes.

The VCC switch toggles between 3.3V and 5V for VCC pins of both serial UART header and xBee socket. The VCC/GND pins on UART header can be used to power the board, for example by Freematics OBD-II UART adapter.

The standard xBee socket VCC voltage is 3.3V, however, as we have released a series of cellular network bee modules which require 5V input, the switchable VCC makes the modules work on the board as well.



Cellular module is attached to Freematics Esprit through the onboard xBee socket. Please be noted that xBee socket uses 5V VCC instead of normal 3.3V due to the efficiency consideration for powering cellular modules. Following chart compares the 3 types of cellular modules currently available.

SIM800L SIM5360E SIM5360A
GSM/GPRS Quad-band
GSM/EDGE N/A Quad-Band
N/A Dual-Band
Power Consumption 2W @ 850/900MHz
1W @ 1800/1900MHz
0.25W @ UMTS 900/2100
2W @ GSM850/GSM900
1W @ DCS1800/PCS1900
0.25W @ UMTS 850/1900
2W @ GSM850/GSM900
1W @ DCS1800/PCS1900
Popular Regions Worldwide Europe, Asia, Japan*, Australia* US, Canada, Japan*, Australia*

* Countries including Japan and Australia have both 3G bands in operation by different operators. Complete information is here.

Please note that xBee socket VCC needs to be switched to 5V when cellular module is attached.



Freematics ESPRIT is ideal for programming with ESP32 Arduino core. When developing with Arduino IDE or Platform IO, please choose ESP32 Dev Module as board type. We hate to add another entry in the board type list as there are already too many literally same variants. To unleash more power from ESP32, we are currently developing a dedicated library for our board, so resources like BLE and CAN can be easily accessed from Arduino sketches.

As a bonus, our Freematics Arduino Builder has built-in support for compiling and uploading for Freematics Esprit.


Example Projects

OBD Data Display

This is a simple car data display made of Freematics Esprit with 1.3″ OLED display (SH1106 128×32 pixels) and Freematics OBD-II UART Adapter connected on Serial UART1 connector. It displays live car data obtained from OBD-II port.

The Arduino sketch works on Freematics Esprit as well as common Arduino boards.

Check ESP32 Telematics Kit for more information.




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