Hardkernel ODROID-X Quad-Core Micro PC
New Micro ODROID-X PC packs a quad core CPU, a quad-core GPU and ample ins and outs into a $130 computer that measures just 3.5 x 3.7 inches...
It wasn’t long ago the Raspberry Pi – a $35 miniature bare-bones PC capable of performing most everyday computing tasks – was creating waves on the Internet.
However a measly single core ARM 11 CPU providing 700 MHz of processing power might be sufficient for some people’s needs, but Hardkernel, a Korean based tech company, is edging their bets that bit more cost for a considerable increase in power, will have consumers swaying their way when it comes to purchasing micro PCs.
ODROID-X Quad Core PC
The new ODROID-X features a Samsung Exynos 4 quad- core CPU that runs at 1.4GHz. It also comes with a quad-core Mali 400 GPU and 1GB of RAM.
Measuring just 3.5 x 3.7 inches, the micro board still finds room for ample ins and outs, which include 6 USB ports, an Ethernet port, headphone and mic jacks, as well as an SD card slot for storage.
Another bonus is that the Hardkernel board can run Ubuntu and Android since it’s built on the ARMv7 architecture. The Raspberry Pi doesn’t support these popular operating systems; its makers advise using Fedora on its board.
The ODROID-X is not the only micro system to taken on the Raspberry Pi. Norwegian-based FXI Technologies sells a similar PC called the Cotton Candy. This USB-sized computer features similar specifications, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth but retails for slightly more at $199.
- Adrian Covert: Who Wants a Quad-Core Computer for $130? Gizmodo, 07/13/2012.
- Korean company's tiny quad-core ARM Linux computer packs a punch at $129. Ars Technica, 06/13/2012.