ASUS has recently launched its Asus Tinker Board device to rival the popular Raspberry Pi only the ASUS’ device is much powerful and costs almost the same. Tinker Board is the same size as the Raspberry Pi but has a more powerful processor enough to play 4K video and 24-bit audio, which makes it an ideal device if you are looking to create your own mini media center.
Tinker Board has the same size as the Pi (3.4 inches × 2.1 inches). The Tinker board comes with a quad-core 1.8 GHz Rockchip processor, which are capable of playing 4K video. While the Raspberry Pi 3 is powered by a Broadcom quad-core 1.2 GHz processor.
The device also comes with a 40-pin internal header with 28 GPIO pins, which means users can use the tiny computer to create Internet of Things gadgets.
Other features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, four USB 2.0 ports, 2GB of RAM (as compared to the Pi 3, which has only 1GB of RAM) and one HDMI 2.0 port to support 4K resolution, so users can code your way to a new media centre.
Regarding software, Asus has unveiled its own OS for the Tinker Board, which is a variant of Debian Linux. Asus claims to be working on wider OS support and offers Kodi support to allow at-home media streaming.
Asus Tinker Board Specs
- Quad-core 1.8 GHz Rockchip processor
- Capable of Playing 4K video
- 24-bit audio support
- 40-pin internal header with 28 GPIO pins
- Four USB 2.0 ports
- One HDMI 2.0 port
- Gigabit LAN and Bluetooth 4.0
- 11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Power supply: 5V / 2A
Asus Tinker Board Price
Asus Tinker Board is cost for £55 approximately $68 in the United States.