Hardkernel introduces new ODROID Exynos-powered Raspberry Pi alternatives
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.