Hardkernel introduces new ODROID Exynos-powered Raspberry Pi alternatives

by: Kristofer WoukDecember 2, 2012

Back in July, we mentioned that Hardkernel had released its ODROID-X development board. Like the Raspberry Pi, it was essentially a small computer, albeit one that ran on what were essentially the guts of a Samsung Galaxy S3. Now Hardkernel has three more ODROID boards on the way for developers and hobbyists.

The ODROID-U is the cheapest of the three, and runs on the 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 chipset, which is the core of the Samsung Galaxy S3. The board also features 1 GB of RAM, 1 micro-HDMI port and 2 USB 2.0 ports. No onboard storage is included, but a MicroSD slot is provided. The board only measures about 48×52 mm, smaller than a credit card, and features an aluminum case/heatsink. The ODROID-U is the cheapest of the new boards, costing only $69. The release date is January 16.

The ODROID-U2 is identical in many ways to the ODROID-U, except that its processor is the 1.7 GHz Exynos 4412 Prime (the core of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2) and it comes with 2 GB of RAM. Despite the improved specs, the ODROID-U2 costs only $89. It will be released December 21.

The final board is the ODROID-X2, an upgrade of the ODROID-X that we talked about back in July. Like the ODROID-U2 it runs the 1.7 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 Prime chipset and comes with 2 GB of RAM. The ODROID-X is larger than the other boards, but this increased size makes room for six USB 2.0 ports and a full sized SD card slot. It is the most expensive at $135, and releases on December 10.

Who’s interested?

  • Daniel Loader

    Worth pointing out there are 8/16/64GB eMMC options for onboard OS installs.

  • I’ll take a few!

  • George

    Holy shit,this is awesome!
    It’ll be great to use with a big HDTV!

  • raindog469

    If the Ubuntu BSP mentioned on their ordering pages includes a graphics driver for the Mali 400 with acceleration, the ODROID-X2 might finally be the big-screen Android testbed/Ubuntu media PC I’ve been looking for ever since getting a 1080p TV.

    If not, well, I’ll keep waiting. There’s no shortage of cheap Android-only options out there already.

  • Ian Thomas

    Very nice!

  • Holy crap can this be used as an android home computer basically???? I WANT

  • Jason

    I have an odroid-x with an aftermarket case. You should see shadowgun..lol

  • sky770

    With ODROID-X2’s benchmarks…
    RiP Tegra 3 :P