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Asus ‘Tinker Board’ is Raspberry Pi alternative with 4K video support

Asus, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer has announced the upcoming availability of this new hobbyist single-board computer, ‘Tinker Board.’ It’s said to offer 4K video & 24-bit audio support through its HDMI port, & has the same format & dimensions as the market leading Raspberry Pi board.

Like the Raspberry Pi, it does not come with a power supply or any other peripherals. Just connect it to a standard Micro USB power supply, any old keyboard & monitor or TV with an HDMI port & you’re on your way. You can use it as a computer, media player or as a video console emulator, although where it really shines is, as its name implies, to tinker with it.

It features a fast Cortex on-board processor & Wi-Fi & Bluetooth capabilities.

Here are its specs, as related in its sales page:

  • Quad core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A17 CPU

  • 2GB Dual channel LPDDR3 memory

  • Gigabit LAN & Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR connectivity

  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi

  • 4x USB 2.0 ports

  • 40-pin Internal header with 28 GPIO pins

  • Contact points for PWM & S/PDIF signals

  • 1x 3.5mm Audio jack connection

  • CSI port for camera connection

  • DSI port supporting HD resolution

  • 1x HDMI 2.0 port to support 4K resolution

  • Micro SD port supports UHS-I

  • Supports Debian OS with KODI

  • Power supply: 5V/ 2A Micro USB (not included)

Thus, the Asus Tinker Board boasts the following improvements over the Raspberry Pi Model B: A 1.8 GHz Rockchip vs the Pi’s Broadcom 1.2 Ghz chip, giving it a 2X faster GeekBench benchmark score; 2 GB RAM vs the Pi’s 1 GB; HDMI H.264 4K decode vs the Pi’s HD resolution; 192K/24 bit audio sample rate vs 58/16 bit; swappable Wi-Fi antenna & SDIO 3.0 vs 2.0.

Like the Raspberry Pi, the Tinker Board supports Linux-based OS Debian & the KODI Media player.

The Tinker Board is available in the UK & Europe here for £45.83 (£55.00 inc. VAT), which is about US$ 57. So it’s a bit more expensive than the latest top-end Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, which retails for US$35 – 40.

Image Credit: Asus