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ASUS Tinker Board is a souped-up Raspberry Pi, and it's finally here!

By Michael Low - on 5 Jul 2017, 4:00pm

ASUS Tinker Board is a souped-up Raspberry Pi, and it's coming our way real soon (Update: It's here!)

Image source: ASUS.

Update (July 5, 2017, 4:00pm): The ASUS Tinker Board is now available to purchase for RM285 from the authorized ASUS online reseller here. It will come with a one-year warranty (and 1-to-1 swap).

Original article (June 30, 2017, 12:00am) as below:

Image source: ASUS.

There have been many Raspberry Pi alternatives in the single-board computer (SBC) category for the burgeoning IoT and OSS community, but we're plenty excited about the imminent arrival of the ASUS Tinker Board, with good reasons.

First unveiled early this year, the Tinker Board is essentially a souped-up version of the Raspberry Pi the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, to be exact as they not only share similar dimensions (3.37-in × 2.125-in vs. 3.37-in × 2.224-in), but also GPIO pinout and port placements to ensure compatibility with existing casing and enclosure solutions.

At its core is the Rockchip RK3288 a 28nm ARM-based SoC with 1.8GHz quad-core Cortex-A17 CPU and 600MHz quad-core Mali-T760 MP4 GPU. Other specifications include 2GB of dual-channel LPDDR3 memory (twice that of Pi 3!), Gigabit LAN, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, one HDMI port, four USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a microSD card slot (with SD 3.0 support).

The Tinker Board is powered via Micro-USB. At a minimum, you'll need a keyboard, mouse, HDMI-capable monitor, internet connectivity, and a microSD card with an OS image to get started. <br>Image source: ASUS.

According to ASUS, the Tinker Board supports 4K UHD video decoding and 192k/24-bit HD audio playback. DIY enthusiasts will appreciate the inclusion of a 40-pin GPIO interface to power your electronics projects, and an IPEX header for wireless antenna upgrades. A Debian-based TinkerOS is available to get users started with the board, which provides support for plug-and-play NTFS and popular Debian applicactions, as well as hardware-accelerated web browser and video playback capabilities. Android OS support, on the other hand, will be added at a later date.

ASUS Tinker Board will be priced at RM285 when it arrives in Malaysia sometime in early- to mid-July 2017.