ASUS Made A Beefier ‘Raspberry Pi’ Called The Tinker Board
Raspberry Pi has left a mark in the history books for bringing to market the low cost, palm-sized circuit board that has sparked learning opportunities and inspiration for future projects. The British-based company has been left unchallenged, until now. Asus has quietly unveiled a competitor to the Raspberry Pi, aptly named Tinker Board.
Tinker Board Specs:
- CPU: 1.8GHz quad core (ARM Cortex-A17)
- Memory: LPDDR3, 2GB Dual-channel
- Video: One (1) 2.0 HDMI port, up to 4K
- Connectivity: 4.0 Bluetooth
- Internet: Gigabit LAN
- Wi-fi: 802.11 b/g/n
- Power: 5V/ 2A (however it does not come with a Micro USB needed)
Although the Tinker Board comes in the same form factor as the Raspberry Pi, it also includes a faster processor, double the memory, and supports 4K video as well as 24-bit audio. The specs alone would blow away anyone wanting to tinker, but more importantly gives anyone more power to build projects with.
When talking about price, let’s look at it this way, the Raspberry Pi 3 currently sells for £34 (or $42 USD) whereas the Tinker Board is selling at £55 (around $68 USD). While the Tinker Board is almost double the cost, ASUS does point out the additional speed from the chip is well worth the money. Not to mention the RAM and 4K support will surely sway some folks to the Tinker Board over the Raspberry Pi. The Tinker Board can run Kodi for those that like to stream media at home and it also runs a customized version of the Debian Linux operating system. Hexus says that it’s expected that the Tinker Board will offer more support to other OS’ like openSUSE and Ubuntu.
The above unboxing video gives you a better idea what the gadget looks like. There are other competitors to the Raspberry Pi including C.H.I.P. and Banana Pi, but ASUS has the money and industry power to change minds and push for larger change.
Tell us in the comments below what you think about ASUS’ Tinker Board, and whether you’d buy the Tinker board over the Rasberry Pi!