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The Radxa X2L is a phone-sized single-board computer that measure 155 x 80mm (6.1″ x 3.1″). But unlike most phones, this little computer has a set of full-sized ports including Gigabit Ethernet, USB-C and USB-A, HDMI, and a headphone jack.

It also has an Intel Celeron J4125 processor, which is a 10-watt, 4-core, 4-thread chip with Intel UHD graphics that should be compatible with a wide range of operating systems including Windows, Android, and most GNU/Linux distributions. And it’s cheap: prices start at $39. The Radxa X2L is available now from ARACE and Allnet China.

The starting price is for a model with 2GB of LPDDR4-2400 RAM and no storage, but you can also opt for 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and the 8GB model is available with an optional 32GB eMMC flash storage module. Prices top out at $79 or $82 for the 8GB/32GB configuration, depending on which store you buy from.

The system also has an M.2 2280 slot that you can use for a PCIe 2.0 x4 NVMe SSD, a second M.2 socket for an optional wireless card, and plenty of I/O options including:

  • 2 x HDMI ports
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Type-A ports
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
  • 1 x USB Type-C port (for power)
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio
  • 1 x 40-pin GPIO header

Radxa also includes a Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller that handles the GPIO interface, support for an optional RTC battery, and a fan header if you choose to add one, although you could also use this board for passively cooled applications.

The company recommends using at least an 18W USB-C power supply, or 24W if you plan to make use of all the USB ports. The board supports 12V/2A input using USB Power Delivery 2.0.

While the board itself offers an interesting value proposition (it’s not the most powerful x86 mini PC board around, but it’s certainly one of the cheapest with a relatively recent processor), Radxa is also planning to use the board as the basis for an upcoming full-fledged computer called the Palmshell SLiM X2L.

The PC combines a Radxa X2L board featuring 8GB of RAM with a pocket-sized case, a fan for active cooling, and a wireless card with support for WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0. Radxa will offer models with 128GB, 256GB or 512GB PCIe NVMe SSDs, but users will also be able to bring their own.

Radxa hasn’t announced pricing for the SLiM X2L yet, but it will need to be pretty cheap to compete with a growing number of pocket-sized mini PCs with newer, faster processors on the market.

via CNX Software

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  1. There are various versions of fan-les PC’s with enclosure, same processor, 2 com ports (DB9) 4 USB, 2 Gbit Ethernet ports, power supply, multiple video pots available at AliExpress. I have been using several for a bout 12 month and they don’t stop to amaze me and cost less!

  2. So I just made the leap and made my purchase for the 8gb/32gb variant with the heatsink and also two more boards a Radxa Zero 3w 2g, and Radxa 0w with express shipping >$150 tell me you can find a better deal on a comp mini with shipping at the same price point let’s see how great it’ll end up I plan to use this for a new portable Cyber Deck

  3. Honestly, this feels like a first proper Raspberry Pi x86 alternative.

    I know some other options exist, but AFAIK none of them have this kind of price to performance and connectivity ratio. This should be somewhere in the middle between Pi 4 and 5 in terms of performance. Has lots of ports, doesn’t need expensive case for an M.2 SSD, has GPIO. And it will run anything x86.

    Did I miss some developments in SBC space lately, or is this a killer value product?

    1. This board uses a $5 microcontroller for the 40 pin header (probably USB connection to Celeron). You could bolt that on to a 4×4 box today and have a much faster/better system.

  4. I was using a J4125 as a file server/NVR until recently. For reference, it can handle about 6 IP cameras in Zoneminder before you really are overworking the CPU too much (and you don’t use any GUI applications), and you’ll need the 8gB model for sure.
    Also these are almost certainly recycled CPUs.

    1. So the CPUs are salvaged from a dirty garbage bin within China before being assembled, soldered and shipped?

      1. Well, more like from the bins of whatever comes out of your local electronics recycling center.
        Also my mistake, I was using a j4205. The j4125 might have something like 18% more overhead you could use and has better graphics.

  5. Finally a Radxa board with excellent software compatibility. My Zero 3W board has many things working, just no VNC or XRDP. My RPi5 board still doesn’t have QSPI or PIOs working. My RPi4 board is my workhorse (everything works great).