Hardkernel introduces new ODROID Exynos-powered Raspberry Pi alternatives

December 2, 2012
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    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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/superpcninja Kevin Thatcher

      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!

    • http://www.facebook.com/jpdeveau Jason Deveau

      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