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Rock64 Media Board

Price: $24.95 (1GB), $34.95 (2GB), $44.95 (4GB)

Pros

  • Runs Android 'Nougat' 7.1
  • Supports 4K HDR displays at 60Hz via HDMI 2.0a
  • Up to four times the memory of the Pi 3
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB 3.0
  • Similar form factor to the Pi should mean some compatibility with Pi hardware
  • Lots of potential for adding hardware via 62 pins

Cons

Specs

  • Operating systems: Android 7.1, Debian, Yocto, with more promised
  • CPU: Rockchip RK3328 quad core, Cortex A53-based processor
  • GPU: Mali-450MP2
  • Memory: 1/2/4GB LPDDR3 at 1866 MHz
  • Storage: eMMC flash module socket/micro SD card slot/128 Mbit SPI flash
  • Display: HDMI 2.0a up to 4K at 60 Hz with HDR10 and HLG support. Supports video codecs 4K VP9, H.265 and H.264, 1080p VC-1, MPEG-1/2/4, VP6/8
  • Audio output: 3.5mm AV port (composite video + stereo audio)
  • Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB: 2 x 2.0, 1 x 3.0
  • Expansion: 40-pin Pi-2 Bus with GPIOs, 2x I2C, Analog inputs, UART, SPI, and power signals (5V, 3.3V, and GND). 22-pin Pi-P5+ Bus with GPIOs, I2S, S/PDIF, Ethernet, and power signals (5V, 3.3V, and GND)
  • Misc: IR receiver; power, recovery & reset buttons; eMMC jumper
  • Power: 5V 3A power supply via Type H 3.5mm OD/1.35mm ID barrel 'coaxial' type plug
  • Dimensions: 85 x 56 mm

Image: Pine64

About Nick Heath

Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic. He writes about the technology that IT decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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