Picking up an Android smartphone or tablet with an octo-core processor can be an expensive proposition, but Hardkernel has another option for you. The companys new $149 ODROID-XU dev board is powered by a big.LITTLE chip.
Its the first single-board computer in the world based on ARMs platform that melds four high and four low-power cores. The XUs Exynos 5420 and 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM are a potent mix. The chips Cortex-A15 cores are clocked at 1.6GHz just like in some variants of the Samsung Galaxy S4s. The ODROID-XU also benefits from the same triple-core PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU.
To connect the XU to your peripherals, Hardkernel has soldered on four USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port and 3.0 OTG port, micro HDMI output, 10/100 Ethernet, and a headphone jack. eMMC and micro SD are your only storage options sorry, no SATA here.
For starters, the ODROID-XU is being offered with Android. Later this year, however, Hardkernel expects to have a Ubuntu system image ready to go.
If youre looking to play with one of the most powerful ARM SoCs on the market, the $149 ODROID-XU is good deal. Youll have to spend another $30 for shipping and handling, but its worth noting that Hardkernel includes a 5-volt power supply, plastic case, and an active cooler in the bundle. Add a micro SD card or eMMC module and youre good to go.
You will need to move quickly to get it for this price. After August 31, the XU will sell for $20 more but even at $169, it will be tough to find a less expensive big.LITTLE gizmo to tinker with.
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