Looking for a credit card-sized computer with a quad-core, ARM-based processor and only have $35 to spend? You could opt for the Raspberry Pi 3. But another option is on the way.

The MiQi is the same size and price as a Raspberry Pi 3, but this little single-board computer/developer board features a Rockchip processor, up to 32GB of built-in storage, Gigabit Ethernet, and a few other features that help set it apart.

Update: The MiQi crowdfunding campaign is now live on Indiegogo.


MQMaker’s MiQi is powered by a Rockchip RK3288 ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core processor with ARM Mali-T764 graphics. A $35 an entry-level model will have 1GB of RAM and 8GB of eMMC storage as well as a microSD card slot for removable storage.

There’s also a $69 model with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage in the works.

MQMaker plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign for both models at IndieGogo soon.

Other features include an HDMI 2.0 port, four USB 2.0 ports, a micro USB port, and 16-pin and 12-pin expansion headers.

CNX-Software notes that the MiQi supports Android 5.1 or Lubuntu 14.04 and that the kernel source code is available at github.

You can also find some benchmark results (and comparisons with the Raspberry Pi 3 and other small single-board computers) at CNX-Software.

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8 replies on “MiQi is a $35 single-board computer with Rockchip RK3288”

  1. Mqmaker released Debian 8 (Jessie) with Support for GPU/WebGL/Vdpau and more for the MiQi. Upstream U-Boot and Kernel 4.4+ runs on this device.

  2. I know almost nothing about hardware.

    Why wouldn’t you put USB 3.0 (or USB C) on a new board like this one? Especially USB 3.0 which has the same connectors as USB 2.0.

    1. USB 2 appears to be part of the rk3288 specifications meaning it is built into the chip.

  3. The RK3288 is one of the few SOCs that Kodi supports HEVC hardware decoding.

    Gigabit ethernet and HDMI 2.0… i think we have a winner for 4K media.

    Put android on this, with Kodi, and store your media on your network, and youre set

  4. I wish they would make these SBCs with a SO-DIMM slot so we can add the amount of memory we want.

  5. i think the mali-t764 is vulkan compatible. performance wise this will put a squeeze on an already squeezed market.

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