Tiny quad-core ARM Linux/Android computer delivers serious power for $129

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The tiny $35 Raspberry Pi set off a surge of demand for tiny Linux computers earlier this year. But a Korean hardware manufacturer called Hardkernel is launching a high-end computer board that measures just 3.5 inches by 3.7 inches. The new board could be another favorite among hobbyists computer users.

The new Odroid-X board has a Samsung Exynos quad-core ARM-based central processing unit that runs at 1.4 gigahertz. It has a quad-core Mali ARM-based graphics processing unit, 1 gigabyte of random access memory, six universal serial bus ports, an Ethernet adapter, headphone and microphone jacks, and an SDHC memory card slot for storage.

It has four times more RAM than Raspberry Pi. The Hardkernel board uses the Cortex-A9 core from ARM, based on the ARM7 architecture. It can run the latest version of Ubuntu Linux as well as the Android operating system.