Hardkernel is updating its line of ARM-based developer boards with a new model featuring one of the speediest ARM chips available. The new ODROID-XU3 is powered by a Samsung Exynos 5422 octa-core processor with 4 ARM Cortex-A15 and 4 ARM Cortex-A7 CPU cores.

It’s available for pre-order for $179 and should begin shipping in mid-August. The new board is a more powerful version of last year’s ODROID-XU which has a similar, but slower Exynos 5410 processor.

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The ne ODROID-XU3 features ARM Mali-T628 graphics, 2GB of RAM, support for eMMC 5.0 flash storage, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, HDMI 1.4a, and DisplayPort, a 10/100Ethernet jack, 802.11n WiFi, a microSD card reader, and an integrated power consumption monitoring tool.

It supports heterogenous multi-processing, which means it can use all 8 CPU cores at once or just a smaller subset.

While this little guy has the guts of a small computer and supports Android 4.4 KitKat or Ubuntu 14.04, it’s aimed at developers. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t make an interesting option for a home media center though… it supports 4K video and OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics.

Note that there’s no storage included in the $179 kit, so you’ll need to buy an SD card or eMMC module.

via CNX Software

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5 replies on “Hardkernel launches ODROID-XU3 dev board with Exynos 5422 octa-core CPU”

  1. As of 13/08/2014 it’s not possible to buy this as the payment page does not load.

  2. I have the older Odroid U2 and I love it. I run it as my file/media server (headless Ubuntu server) and it runs great. I wouldn’t mind upgrading to a newer one to run everything with it once they get all the XBMC stuff running good on it.

    1. You don’t run into bottlenecks with usb 2.0? What is your storage interface?

  3. at about £150 an ODROID XU£ and a 64gb eMMC Ubunutu Chip this would make a pretty sweet little desktop for someone

  4. I’ve been looking for a portable device to run Xubuntu, and replace my RK3066 dongle. Comparing this to an RK3188 dongle, this looks better because Linux is natively supported.

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