Asus releases a serious Raspberry Pi contender: the Tinker Board

Asus recently unveiled the Tinker Board, a single board computer with a Raspberry Pi form factor packed with really good hardware:

  • Rockchip RK3288 ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core processor
  • Mali-T764 graphics chip
  • HDMI 2.0 port to support 4K resolution
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 3.5mm Audio jack connection
  • 4x USB 2.0 ports

Lots of Raspberry Pi clones have surfaced over the years: BananaPi, OrangePi, ODROID, etc. etc. They never really picked up speed because the support is just not there and they usually have terrible graphics driver.

Having the support of a large company such as Asus might spice things up a little bit hopefully. Who knows, with good drivers this thing could be able to run PS2 emulators. We will have to wait for the benchmarks to come out!

The Tinker Board is currently only available in Europe for £55.00 (~US$69).

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