The Raspberry Pi made quite a splash by offering a cheap way of computing to students or developings using a 700Mhz ARM11 processor. Now a Korean company has created a similar board utilizing a much more powerful quad-core Exynos processor from Samsung. The ODROID-X will clock the CPU at 1.4Ghz and come with 1GB of RAM, a Mali-400 GPU, six USB ports, an Ethernet port, an SD card slot, micro HDMI, and microphone/headphone jacks.
It’s a very compact solution too at 3.5 by 3.7-inches. Naturally, the processor is compatible with Android, and Ubuntu can also be booted using the board, something that the Raspberry Pi can’t claim. We’ve seen various USB sticks running Android making the rounds, plus smaller media players based around Cortex-A9 processors that run Android too, so this new ODROID-X board should fit quite nicely into that category of computing.
Still, you’ll be paying a lot more for this than you would the Raspberry Pi. While the Pi cost $35, the ODROID-X comes in at $129. Then there’s the matter of putting it in some sort of casing and booting software your software of choice, but it might be an interesting option for resellers hoping to sell a cheap yet powerful media player or mini Android computer.
[via Ars Technica]