After launching in the UK and Europe earlier this year, the Asus Tinker Board is now available in the United States.
This $60 mini computer looks a lot like a Raspberry Pi, but it has twice as much RAM as the Raspberry Pi 3, a Rockchip processor instead of a Broadcom chip, and a few other special features including support for 192KHz/24-bit audio and Gigabit Ethernet.
It’s also one of the first devices in this category to come from a company best known for making consumer PCs.
The Tinker Board has a Rockchip RK3288 quad-core processor with Mali-T764 graphics. That’s the same chip used in the original Asus Chromebook Flip, as well as several other Chromebooks and an awful lot of Chinese tablets.
The system features 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, four USB 2.0 ports, a micro USB port, and a microSD card slot (which is used to store the operating system, and everything else: like the Raspberry Pi, the Tinker Board has no built-in storage.
It also has a Raspberry Pi-like 40-pin expansion connector, although it’s unclear if Raspberry Pi HATs will work with the Tinker Board.
Asus offers a Debian Linux-based operating system called TinkerOS for the little computer. You may be able to try other operating systems as well, but that’s what’s officially supported.
The Tinker Board is aimed at hobbyists looking to build their own devices powered by an inexpensive, low-power computer system. Since the Tinker Board is about the size of a pack of playing cards, it could fit into a media player, surveillance system, or other IoT products.
“After launching in the UK and Europe”
Is the UK not in Europe?
I want you to think about that for a moment..
The UK was considered a separate market from mainland Europe even before Brexit. Just take a look at press releases from before 2016.
It is the Mali T764, not 768.
Odroid C2 is a superior board for less money. It probably has more software support too. RK3288 is 32bit a17 cores, vs C2 and RPi3’s a53 cores. C2 runs 64bit ubuntu really well. C2 also has hardware h265 decoding.
Raspberry Pi 3 only runs in 32 bit mode anyway though.
A17s clobber A53s for performance. I still wish we’d see more A57 or A72/73 SBCs coming out with a low price tag but it seems A17’s the best you can get for performance on a budget, a shame as I need 64-bit to go along with high performance and cheap!
The Odroid XU4 would also be a better option, IMO.
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