In the market for a quad-core dev board with Android and Ubuntu support for around a hundred bucks? The Rockchip RK3188-based Radxa Rock is now up for sale at several e-tailers.
At $99, the Radxa Rock isn’t the cheapest quad-core dev board you can buy. It’s around $40 more than the Hardkernel ODROID-U3, one of the more popular boards out there. But the Rock does come with some very nice standard features you won’t find on the U3.
For starters, it comes with 8GB of NAND on board — no need to cough up for eMMC storage with the Rock. The board also comes with a full-sized HDMI port, 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (antenna included), Bluetooth 4.0 support, an integrated microphone, and an IR sensor.
It even comes with its own translucent plastic case. Snap it in, screw on the antenna, and supply 5V of power and you’re ready to Rock (pardon the pun).
If you can do without Bluetooth and can get by on 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, there’s an entry level Radxa Rock available for $20 less.
The RK3188 is a decent performer, and it can handle being overclocked about 20%. With the option of booting Android, Ubuntu — or dual-booting both — the Radxa Rock will work nicely as a set-top box or an extra family PC if you’re interested in using it for non-DIY purposes.