Hardkernel introduces credit card-sized ODROID dev boards for $69 and up

Hardkernel offers a range of developer boards with ARM-based processors. But the new ODROID-U and ODROID-U2 are the smallest and cheapest of the bunch.

Each board is basically a tiny computer with an ARM Cortex-A9 processor, support for Ethernet and USB connections, and the ability to run Android or Ubuntu Linux. But they’re small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and prices start at just $69.

Hardkernel ODROID-U

ODROID-U

The $69 model features a 1.4 GHz Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core processor. That’s the same chip used in the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. It also features 400 MHz Mali 400 quad-core graphics.

The board also 1GB of RAM, 2 USB ports, 10/100 Ethernet, a headphone jack, and a micro HDMI port.

Hardkernel doesn’t include any storage space with this dev board. Instead developers can attach an eMMC flash storage module or use a microSD card.

ODROID-U2

If you need a bit more power, Hardkernel also offers an $89 model with a 1.7 GHz Exynos 4412 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 440 MHz Mali-400 quad-core graphics.

The rest of the specs for this model are the same as those for the $69 version.

Both devices include an aluminum enclosure which can act as a case and a heat sink. The board itself measures just about 2 inches by 1.9 inches, although the USB and Ethernet ports take up a bit of vertical space.

Hardkernel sells both the ODROID-U and ODROID-U2 in the company’s store, where you can also pick up storage modules and other accessories as well as the company’s larger developer boards and other products.

via Mobile Geeks

  • SeanKPS

    in my search for the best sub $100 dollar android/Open Source board, this is the one

    • CampGareth

      Agreed there, Cortex A15 would be nice but they start at $250 so this’ll do nicely. It’s finally time to replace my dual core Atom board :D

      • Zik Zak

        I do agree on that !
        I tired to replace my own aging N230 with an arm system and Allwinner isn’t good enough, but this Exynos when the Mali will be supported properly will be fantastic.

        Defintely going to buy one: fanless, powerful and cheap. All wins.

  • toronado455

    That heatsink case thingy is nifty.

  • Flare141

    is this better then raspbery pi?

    • ddevine

      Depends on what you want to do with it. It is certainly much more powerful.

    • SeanKPS

      It’d be better than the pi in every way except price.

  • CT

    How can we go for a group buy on the ODROID-U for folks in the States? $30 for shipping one is steep! But $40 for shipping 10 ODROID-Us is great!

  • Shaw

    The form factor looks good, the included case/heatsink looks even better since it’s so hard to find cases for those kind of boards due to the small market – except for the Raspberry PI, but most Rasp Pi cases are overpriced anyways.

    The U2 version looks to be better specced than the ODROID-X, but cheaper. It might be worse as a dev board due to lack of connectors, but a better deal as a hacking/programming board that’s much more powerful than the Pi but not that much more in cost.

    Only thing keeping me from ordering one right NOW is the OUYA coming out next year. The shear number of that thing pre-ordered alone is going to match or exceed Raspberry Pi ownership right now, and make it better supported and has a bigger user base to draw from. The price is good too ($99 and comes with a game pad).