Hardkernel’s been making Raspberry Pi-like single-board computers for even longer than the Raspberry Pi Foundation, although Hardkernel’s ODROID line of devices don’t get as much attention as those from their high-profile competitor.

But that hasn’t stopped Hardkernel from cranking out new models on a regular basis. The next is a tiny computer with a Rockchip RK3399 hexa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 4K support, and the ability to run Debian Stretch 9.3, Ubuntu 18.04 or Android 7.1

It’s called the ODROID-N1 and it should be coming soon for around $110… although if there’s enough demand the company may also produce a “Lite” model that would sell for $75.

Update: Due to component supply issues, the ODROID-N1 has been canceled. Instead the company plans to launch an ODROID-N2 with a more powerful processor and LPDDR4 memory by the end of the year

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The ODROID-N1 is a single-board PC that measures about 3.5″ x 3.5″ x 0.8″ and which features all the ports you need for basic computer usage along with a 40-pin GPIO connector.

Here’s a run-down of the specs:

  • Rockchip RK3399 processor (two 2 GHz ARM Cortex-A72 cores + four 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 cores)
  • Mali-T860MP4 graphics
  • 4GB of DDR-1866 RAM
  • eMMC 5.0 flash storage support
  • UHS-capable microSD card slot
  • 2 SATA 3 connectors
  • 2 USB 3.0 host ports
  • 2 USB 2.0 host ports
  • HDMI 2.0 port (4K support)
  • Gigabit Ethernet jack

The proposed ODROID-N1 Lite model would have most of the same features, but it would ship with 2GB of RAM instead of 4GB and it wouldn’t have the SATA ports.

You can find benchmarks and performance notes, plus details about optional heat sink and fan solutions at the ODROID forum. And before you ask, it looks like there is at least some support for hardware-accelerated graphics and video in Linux.

via CNX Software

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12 replies on “ODROID-N1 single-board PC with RK3399 hexa-core CPU coming soon for $110 or less (Updated)”

  1. Is the ability to run Ubuntu 18.04 a little on the theoretical side (given that it doesn’t ship until some time in late April)? Unless they mean they’re running nightly betas on it…

    1. You are correct. Here is what’s on the forum about that:

      “We tested Linux platform support with Debian Stretch 9.3 in addition to Ubuntu 18.04 nightly build.
      Because Ubuntu 18.04 is still under very active development (tons of updates every day), we decided to wait until Canonical’s official release in late April before supporting it.
      Therefore, our “Debug Party” will use Debian instead of Ubuntu for the initial few months.”

  2. Is it only me, or RK3399 is becoming very popular.

    Seems like every other day someone releases a board with it. There are something like 6-8 different RK3399 boards on the market today.

    Probably, it has good mainline kernel support due to the original Samsung and ASUS Chromebooks.

    Somebody should start benchmarking them, I am interested in the most powerful version.

  3. A nice looking board. I am very happy with my Odroid C2. I probably would buy another Odroid C2 if I wanted another 4k kodi front end. They need to get the price close to $60 before I would go with RK3399 over a $40 amlogic905.

    1. Bah, the S905 is a media-player SOC with Cortex-A53s.

      The RK3399 n the other hand also has 2 powerful Cortex-A72 cores next to the quad Cortex-A53 cluster, which makes it a viable Linux desktop machine.

  4. Sounds interesting. Do these things come with a power supply? If not could you get one online?

    1. Some Odroid boards have(or did have) the power supply included, but many do not. However, they are typically offered for purchase separately from the various sites which sell the boards and are not expensive. Not everyone needs the power supply with a new board.

  5. Very interested in something like this, good price compared to other high end board. Should run kodi and Nas software just fine with the 2 Sata ports seems like a good fit.

    1. Also, this looks strong enough for a full-blown Linux desktop with those A72-s.

    1. I’m almost certain it’s the first Odroid with Rockchip. I’m not too surprised to see it considering the options available for SBC application with A72 cores. Very interesting design.

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