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The Tinker Board is a more powerful Raspberry Pi rival from Asus

Taiwanese computer company Asus has launched its own take on the hobbyist’s favorite, the Raspberry Pi. The newly-unveiled (and nicely named) Tinker Board is available in the UK[1] and Europe for ?55 (£68) and offers some neat upgrades compared to the most recent Pi, but with a price bump to match.

Specs for the Tinker Board include a quad core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A17 CPU, 2GB LPDDR3 RAM, four SM© USB 2.0 ports, support for gigabit LAN and Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD slot, microUSB for power, swappable 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi antennas, and a HDMI 2.0 port with support for 4K video.

 The Tinker Board is more powerful than the most recent Raspberry Pi — but pricier too. Asus

Compared to the Pi Model 3 B, all this should give users improved 3D performance in the Tinker Board (courtesy of the Mali-T764 GPU and double the RAM) and access to 4K. Although, as noted by Ars Technica[2], while the Tinker Board will happily handle H.264 or H.265 encoded files, it doesn’t support 4K Netflix streaming — so not quite perfect for building your own media center then.

Other key attributes include support for Debian Linux (including the popular Kodi media center software) and a hardware layout that looks to be very similar to the Pi’s — suggesting you could swap one board out for the other with too much trouble.

It is more expensive, though, compared to the Pi 3 Model B (which is currently going for £40 on Amazon[3]).

We’ve only found the Tinker Board for sale at CPC[4] for ?55 so far (it’s currently on backorder) but drop a link below if you find alternate retailers.

References

  1. ^ available in the UK (cpc.farnell.com)
  2. ^ noted by Ars Technica (arstechnica.co.uk)
  3. ^ going for £40 on Amazon (www.amazon.com)
  4. ^ for sale at CPC (cpc.farnell.com)

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