Hardkernel’s latest tiny, single-board computer has the same basic hardware as last year’s ODROID-XU3, but a smaller footprint and a lower price tag.

The new ODROID-XU4 is now available for $74, or a little more than the price of two Raspberry Pi computers.

odroid xu4_01

The ODROID-XU4 supports Ubuntu and other Linux-based software, as well as Google Android, and it should support pretty much any software developed for the ODROID-XU3.

The new computer measures about 3.2″ x 2.3″ x 0.9″. The ODROID-XU3, by comparison, measured 3.5″ x 2.8″ x 0.7″. The more important difference is probably the price: the ODROID-XU3 sells for $179.

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Both boards feature Samsung Exynos 5422 octa-core processors with four Cortex-A15 CPU cores and four ARM Cortex-A7 cores, 2GB of RAM, microSD card slots, and a series of developer pins in addition to USB and HDMI connectors.

The new model has Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, and one USB 2.0 port while the ODROID-XU3 has 10/100 Ethernet, one USB 3.0 port, and four USB 2.0 ports. But while the new model has some extra GPIO, I2S, and I2C pin headers, it lacks a headphone jack and DisplayPort.

You can find a more detailed analysis at CNX-Software.

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8 replies on “ODROID-XU4 is a $74 single-board PC with a Samsung 8-core CPU”

  1. The price is getting too close to an atom based solution. For about 99 you get a ton more processing power and Intel drivers and no fan. Hard to argue with that

    1. I don’t see a fan here (correction: description on developers site says fan included), I don’t think you get “ton more processing power”, yes you do get intel compatibility. Processing power is matter of what software is tuned for, this would for example probably run circles around intel for android because tuned for arm, you get a single thread program tuned for intel and intel solution will run that faster. Graphics wise this probably has edge on average.

      Intel minnowmax has only 1 GB ram compared to 2. Not seeing USB3 ports on intel but may be missing something… usb3 is nice both for speed and for interrupt rather than polling interface so less demand on cpu.

      1. Well, this isn’t just android we’re talking about here. If you’re going with android application for your hardware endeavors, then sure, Intel doesn’t make as much sense necessarily – though there are a lot of improvements there more recently.

        I think ChicagoBob was talking about things like the Intel Compute Stick, Ainol PC, etc – those are quad core with 2gb memory, low power, fanless, etc, and with some work can run linux – and in that arena, price : performance ratio comes into play a lot more. Plus, it depends on what you’re doing, as to if more than quad core even matters.

        Either way, exciting development.

    2. I’d like to see some benchmarks to back up that claim. The ODROID XU4 benchmarks are already published on the XU4 product page, so you’d just need to run the same ones for comparison.

      It would be interesting to see.

  2. kinda sat this doesnt have the 7420, but i understand that yields may be low on the 14nm node, plus samsung is only usingthe 7420 for the S6 series, so thats high demand.

    still, kinda sad it isnt a 7420

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