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ODROID-X: The $129 Quad-core Alternative to Raspberry Pi

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Raspberry Pi better watch out, there's a new compact solution in town.

 

Raspberry Pi has been hugely popular since launch, but the little board doesn't pack a big punch. What to do if you're looking for something more powerful? Korean company Hardkernel has a quad-core solution that might be suitable. Dubbed ODROID-X, the developer board measures  3.5 x 3.7 inches and packs a a 1.4 GHz Exynos 4412 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali 400 graphics, 1GB of RAM, 6 USB 2.0 ports, 10/1000Mbps Ethernet, mic and headphone jacks, a full-sized SDHC card slot, and runs on Google's Android 4.0.4. You can also opt for some additional features including a WiFi chip and antenna, LCD, Bluetooth, HDMI, camera, and storage modules.

Obviously, this is a huge step up from Raspberry Pi's ARM1176JZF-S700 MHz CPU, VideoCore IV GPU, and 256 megabytes of RAM, and this jump in spec also applies to the price. While a Raspberry Pi board will only set you back $35, the ODROID-X costs significantly more at $129. Still, this is a device aimed at software and hardware developers and enthusiasts, whereas Raspberry Pi was designed to be used in the classroom to teach the basics of computer science. Perhaps kids starting out with Raspberry Pi will want to graduate to the ODROID-X before long.

ODROID-X is available now via Hardkernel's website.

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    alidan , July 14, 2012 6:41 AM
    id like it if it was cheaper, i mean a tegra 3 console is being made, gives you a controller for 99$
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    asnorton44 , July 14, 2012 4:45 AM
    tomsreaderHDMI?

    "You can also opt for some additional features including a WiFi chip and antenna, LCD, Bluetooth, HDMI, camera, and storage modules."
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    blader15sk8 , July 14, 2012 4:46 AM
    tomsreaderHDMI?

    According to the website it uses Micro HDMI, which is either the connection at the very top of the pic, or the one next to the audio connectors.
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    Kami3k , July 14, 2012 4:15 AM
    With a name like ODROID-X there isn't many Android phones that they didn't try to merge together....
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    tomsreader , July 14, 2012 4:34 AM
    HDMI?
  • 14 Hide
    asnorton44 , July 14, 2012 4:45 AM
    tomsreaderHDMI?

    "You can also opt for some additional features including a WiFi chip and antenna, LCD, Bluetooth, HDMI, camera, and storage modules."
  • 11 Hide
    blader15sk8 , July 14, 2012 4:46 AM
    tomsreaderHDMI?

    According to the website it uses Micro HDMI, which is either the connection at the very top of the pic, or the one next to the audio connectors.
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    fonzy , July 14, 2012 5:10 AM
    XBMC?
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    MauveCloud , July 14, 2012 5:43 AM
    Is that a 50-pin SCSI port along the upper left side?
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    Target3 , July 14, 2012 6:12 AM
    Now add Thunderbolt :D 
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    joytech22 , July 14, 2012 6:20 AM
    I think the GPU on the RPi is more powerful than the Mali400 on this.
    Considering the RPi GPU is more powerful than the 4S GPU, which in turn is more powerful than the SGS2's Quad-core Mali-400 GPU.
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    alidan , July 14, 2012 6:41 AM
    id like it if it was cheaper, i mean a tegra 3 console is being made, gives you a controller for 99$
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    Camikazi , July 14, 2012 9:43 AM
    MauveCloudIs that a 50-pin SCSI port along the upper left side?

    Looks like an expansion port to me.
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    Anonymous , July 14, 2012 10:06 AM
    This is not competition for the Pi, the whole point of the Pi is to make computers accessible to all no matter their financial situation. Although as computers go this is still cheap it is a long way off £30 or $30.
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    JOSHSKORN , July 14, 2012 10:11 AM
    target3Now add Thunderbolt

    Oh they will. Wait until they sell a few of these, first.

    With inventions like these, suddenly my vision of the future of Desktop computing doesn't seem too far off. I doubt this device, as is, can run Crysis, but give it a couple of years, then cram it into a SmartPhone and see what happens...and yes, add Thunderbolt, too.
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    jeffunit , July 14, 2012 11:06 AM
    the ethernet port is 10/100, not 10/1000 as stated in the article.
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    sykozis , July 14, 2012 4:59 PM
    MauveCloudIs that a 50-pin SCSI port along the upper left side?

    Nope, that's for the optional displays....10.1" LCD or 13.3" LCD...so, Camikazi is right, it's an expansion port.
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    stingray71 , July 14, 2012 5:22 PM
    That is neat. I could install it inside a drawer for clean install and run splashtop to hook into my server. Must resist. Think I'll wait for something with better gpu and more ram.
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    ben850 , July 14, 2012 6:32 PM
    This and the Pi are so cool... I wish I actually had a use for them!
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    balister , July 14, 2012 6:44 PM
    They need to replace the IDE connector with a SATA connector, then this might make a pretty good HTPC.
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    lathe26 , July 15, 2012 9:58 PM
    sykozisNope, that's for the optional displays....10.1" LCD or 13.3" LCD...so, Camikazi is right, it's an expansion port.


    Yup, the connector supports LCDs. It also supports stuff that hobbyists love like GPIO, PWM, ADC, UART, I2C, and SPI.

    article"...6 USB 2.0 ports..."


    Actually, it supports 7 USB ports: 6 full-sized USB host ports and 1 micro-USB slave port (supports mass storage and ADB).

    It also has a MIPI CSI connector for attaching bare camera hardware and has a eMMC connector (separate from the SDHC card slot).
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    madjimms , July 15, 2012 11:54 PM
    Looks like an IDE port....
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    gallidorn , July 16, 2012 9:27 PM
    fonzyXBMC?

    XBMC has been announced that it will be released on ANDROID.

    There is a rough beta floating around the internet. (lookup xbmc android apk)
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