Asus’ Raspberry Pi Rival Comes Better Equipped with Power

January 26, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Compact stick computing boards like Raspberry Pi have created decent curiosity among many. But often might have one playing around with a Raspberry felt a narrow missing in terms of the power delivered. You can’t expect the small computers to perform like a powerful desktop, yet but there still exists a power-gap, which is exactly what is being filled by Taiwanese manufacturers Asus.

The company has now quietly launched a device similar to Raspberry Pi devices, and it’s aptly called the Tinker Board. You could seldom spot a difference between a Tinker Board and Raspberry Pi in terms of its sizes, but them to action and the difference becomes visible.

Tinker Board comes with an upper edge over the computing chips from Raspberry, and it’s that these boards come powered with the capability of playing 4K videos and 24-bit audios. That’s a big step-up considering that there’s a massive amount of media playback involved with wherever these computing sticks are put onto. Tinker Board also powers up as a media-center with the support for Kodi that facilitates around-the-home media streaming.

Apart from that, the Tinker Board also packs a RAM of 2GB, which is twice that of what we have seen in the latest Pi. There are also provisions for gigabit Ethernet and the latest-gen SDIO add-on boards. ON the software side, the Thinker Board runs a Debian Linux variant.

Asus has also made the pricing not more than its rival, and the Tinker Board comes priced at $68. On paper, Asus Tinker Board certainly looks like a better deal than Raspberry, but there’s still more to be proven by Asus in terms of the development support for its computing processors in order to gain the reputation in the field like that as of Raspberry. That would take years of uninterrupted, fully-fledged support, and it would take a bit more time to get the final judgment on that.

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