ODroid-X comes from Hardkernel, a Korean based company. Hardkernel is already known for releasing the ODroid-A and ODroid-Q, tablets that come with a Samsung 4210 Dual Core & 4412 Quad Core CPU respectively, and feature clear-see through backing with instillation of Andoid OS. Most of their products are aimed at developers who want to experiment with their tiny PC computers, and their latest product takes that end even further.
The new ODroid-X isn’t the only mini-PC on the market to be sure, and at $129 USD it’s not the cheapest either. If you’re looking for a cheaper solution, there’s the Raspberry Pi, retailing for $35 by itself, or you can get it in a bundle with a nice Red Pi Square case, power supply & SD card, unfortunately the Pi is far less powerful. Also, Ubuntu doesn’t support Raspberry Pi, instead, Fedora is recommended.
However, the ODroid-X, measuring at just 3.5 by 3.7-inches, is certainly one of the more powerful mini-PC’s available.
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Board Detail – Top View
The new ODroid-X can run either Android 4.0.4 ICS or Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. It packs a powerful Samsung Exynos 4412 1.4 GHz Quad core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, with the 4 cores running seamlessly to deliver a highly stable performance; makes sense considering who it’s for. Additional peripherals include 1GB of RAM, x6 2.0 high-speed USB ports, 10/1000 Enternet (man that’s fast), a Mali-400 Quad Core for a graphics card, and a MAX98090 audio CODEC, complete with headphone & mic audio jacks. For storage there is a full-sized SDHC card slot, or you can use an eMMC 19nm NAND module from Toshiba.
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That’s just what comes with the computer, there are so many optional components you can use. You can hook up a 2.1 + EDR Bluetooth USB module for some wireless fun. For display, you can opt for either a 10.1″ or 13.3″ LCD panel, or… if you have an HDMI display, you may use that as well. There’s even wi-fi module that comes with it’s own 2dBi Gain Antenna.
Don’t forget, this is a Linux PC were talking about, which means it’s open-source friendly, and you can bet there’s a strong community of developers that will be releasing new apps for the ODroid-X to increase its functionality.
If anyone out there just wants something cool to experiment with, I can’t think of a better mini-PC that I’d rather have than this. Just imagine all the places you could put it, and all the inventions you could have it run.
Be sure to check out the video for more fun.