Huawei recently received assistance from Google to develop a new $239 Raspberry Pi competitor that features high-end specifications and is capable of running full-fledged Android at a faster speed. The board, called the HiKey 960, was developed in conjunction with Huawei, Google, ARM, Archermind, and LeMaker who all contributed to the project.
In terms of the specs onboard, Huawei has packed their own Kirin 960 octa-core processor alongside 3GB of RAM, 32GB of native storage, a Mali-G71 GPU which is capable of 4K graphics, an HDMI jack, a USB-C port, a microSD card slot, two USB 3.0 ports, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, and a PCIe m.2 slot with both 40-pin and 60-pin connectors for adding storage or other components. Obviously, there’s plenty here to make Android run smooth, so if this is your intention with this board, follow these directions.
Like I said earlier, Huawei will charge you $239 for the board which, while is significantly more than a Raspberry Pi, still gets you much better specs. The HiKey 960 will star shipping to customers in May to those in the U.S., Japan, and Europe.