The Cubieboard is a tiny PC that’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It’s been sold as a developer board which doesn’t include a case. But for just $10 than the cost of the Raspberry Pi, the Cubieboard offers a faster processor, more memory, and built-in storage.

We got our first look at the Cubieboard a few weeks ago, and now the first prototypes are available. You can order a Cubieboard from the Cubies Hacker Shop at AliExpress for $45 plus shipping costs from China.

Update: Prices are now closer to $90, but you can still find some cheaper options if you order in bulk.


The Cubieboard features a 1 GHz Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processor, Mali 400 graphics, 512MB of RAM (a 1GB model is on the way), and 4GB of flash storage.

It has an HDMI port, 2 USB ports, an SD card slot, and a range of other connectors and expansion pins for adding peripherals. There’s also a 10/100 Ethernet jack. If you want to use WiFi, you’ll need to hook up a WiFi dongle.

You can run Google Android and a number of Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora, or Puppy on the platform.

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9 replies on “$45 Cubieboard Allwinner A10 developer board prototype now available”

      1. yes but with raspeberry you can connect an old crt tv or external speakers…

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