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.

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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.


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Posted by Max Buondonno

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