Raspberry Pi has continued to dominate the computing era. Their latest offering, Raspberry Pi 4 has changed the game when it comes to efficiency, size, and speed. But they have a new competition. Taiwanese computing giant Asus has announced that their Tinker Board SBC line would come out a brand new edition. They are releasing two boards, Tinker Board 2 and Tinker Board 2S, which will compete against the latest from Raspberry Pi.
A Clubic release stated the news along with several details about the two new boards. Although, there has been no official announcement from Asus’s side.
The boards are designed to use the Rockchip RK3399 chipset and ARM Mali-T860 MP4 GPU. It will have two memory options – 2 GB and 4 GB of dual-channel LPDDR4. However, both the boards share the same Hexa-core package of a dual-core Arm Cortex A72 at 2 GHz and a quad-core Arm Cortex A53 at 1.5 GHz. The Tinker Board 2S also comes equipped with 16 GB onboard flash storage. Reports suggest that this would be much quicker than the standard micro SD cards. Instead of the micro USB that was used in the previous generation, the power in the Tinker Board will come from a 12V -19V DC barrel jack.
Tinker Board 2 and 2S will be 1.5 times as powerful as the original
Reports indicate that the Tinker Board 2 and 2S will be 1.5 times as powerful as the original Tinker Board. This board will also have both the USB 3 Type-C and Type-A interfaces and a single full-size HDMI output with output up to 4K60 support.
It will also come with an additional DisplayPort 1.2 output via the USB C port. It will support wired connections through a gigabit Ethernet port or can use wireless with an 802.11 ac Wi-Fi. Users can also insert peripherals with Bluetooth or electronic components using the 40-pin GPIO header. Raspberry Pi also has the same layout but there are no reports on compatibility.
Apart from the storage, there isn’t much difference between Tinker Board 2 and 2S. While Tinker Board 2 comes with only a micro SD card slot, 2S will have an additional onboard 16 GB eMMC.
The board will have dimensions of 85 x 56 mm. It will also support Debian 9 OS. According to the report, Asus is also planning to deliver performance in Android 10 by the first quarter of 2021.
Asus has yet to release any official confirmation on the two boards. We expect Asus to release them anytime during Q1 2021. This is also due to their promise to bring Android 10 by the same time.
You can read more about the Tinker Board in the official site of Asus.