ODroid-X A Quad-Core Android Computer for $130

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Many people reading this article will be aware of the Raspberry Pi, a $30 ARM computer designed to help people get started with developing. I have a Raspberry Pi myself but I haven’t really had a chance to play with it yet. Once I do though, I’ll write about it.

The Raspberry Pi is selling like hot cakes but there may well be a new kid on the block that is set to take the Raspberry Pi’s crown – the ODroid-X. The ODroid-X is alot more expensive than the Raspberry Pi ($129) but the hardware is also a lot more generous. Boasting an ARM Cortex A9 Quad core CPU, 1GB RAM, 1Mbps Ethernet port and a massive 6 USB 2.0 ports and the icing on the cake – it runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box. It also has an SD slot for expanded storage and a mini HDMI port for connecting to a TV.

Those with a keener eye amongst you will have noticed that the Cortex A9 CPU is based on ARM 7 which means that you can install Ubuntu on this device if you wish. For me, this is a massive selling point of the ODroid-X as the Debian Wheezy OS that is recommended for beginners on the Raspberry Pi leaves a lot to be desired.

All in all, the specifications on the ODroid-X leave the Raspberry Pi a long way behind. Yes the price is more heavy, but look at it this way – the ODroid-X could quite easily be used as a fully blown computer rather than the development tool that the Raspberry Pi is geared towards. Personally, I’ll probably be buying one of these and using it as a media centre/Computer for my bedroom, so look out for a review!

If you want to find out more or order an ODroid-X for yourself, you can take a look at the creators (HardKernel) website here.

Would you rather have a Raspberry Pi or are all these micro ARM based computers just a waste of time? Tell us what you think in the comments section…

ODroid-X A Quad-Core Android Computer for $130
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