The Raspberry Pi often is the world’s best-selling single-board pc however it’s removed from the one credit score card-sized gadget obtainable.

Whereas the Pi strikes a advantageous stability between efficiency, worth and usefulness, different tiny boards ship larger specs at a premium worth.

In 2018 new boards have introduced high-end options to single-board computer systems: six-core processors, help for 4K shows, quick SSD storage by way of SATA and M.2 interfaces, and even specialist chips that speed up machine studying.

Nevertheless, it is price mentioning that few boards are as accessible or provide the identical breadth of secure software program because the Pi.

Listed here are notable boards launched in 2018 or due out earlier than the 12 months’s finish.

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Out now


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What it provides

A beefy single-board pc that makes use of the identical system-on-a-chip as Samsung’s Chromebook Plus, however at a fraction of the worth.

The pc is suited to many makes use of — media heart, normal pc, NAS — because of its highly effective and the big selection of Linux-based working methods it helps, together with Android 7.1 and Lubuntu 16.04, and mainline Linux kernel help. The draw back is the worth, at $109 it’s not far off a price range PC and a few early tests of the board have encountered problems.


The NanoPC-T4 is powered by a Rockchip RK3399, which pairs a dual-core GHz Cortex-A72 with a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 in a Huge.LITTLE configuration, with a Mali-T864 GPU, and 4K VP9 and 10-Bit H.265/H.264 video decoder, with four GB RAM, 16GB storage and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The 100x64mm comes with a heatsink, radio antennas, an influence adapter, and an acrylic case.

The place to purchase

The board is available to buy here for $109.

NanoPi K1 Plus


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What it provides

The NanoPi K1 Plus is much less highly effective than many different computer systems on this round-up, and is akin to a Raspberry Pi three B+ with a barely slower CPU and double the reminiscence. The NanoPi K1 Plus is extra corresponding to the Pi three B+, and as such is a machine suited to software program and improvement. Nevertheless, worse driver and software program help than the Pi means this board might be one for technically savvy customers solely, who’re ready to dedicate effort and time getting it up and working.


The NanoPi makes use of a 1.three GHz Allwinner H5 Arm SoC with ARM Mali-450 six-core graphics, 2GB DDR3 of RAM, a Raspberry Pi-compatible 40-pin header for hooking up different digital , 802.11n Wi-Fi, has a microSD card reader and elective eMMC storage. It additionally helps gigabit Ethernet, sports activities three USB ports, a three.5mm audio jack, a DVP digicam, and HDMI 1.four.

The board runs a customized model of Ubuntu Core 16.04, which does not boot to a conventional home windows desktop however needs to be logged into from one other machine’s terminal. If you wish to use it as a desktop machine, the board helps DietPi, a particularly light-weight model of the Linux-based Debian Jesse OS, in addition to the retro-gaming system Lakka. Early customers of the board recommend Ubuntu Core works, however that it’s tough to get audio working as a consequence of driver difficulties.

The place to purchase

The board is available here for $39.

ASUS Tinker Board S


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What it provides

A extra highly effective and totally featured board than the Raspberry Pi, albeit at greater than twice the price, that may function a Chromebook-like PC, media centre, retro-games console or Android field. It’s primarily based on a barely older chipset than many different boards on this round-up however reviews have found its custom version of Android runs well, with a variety of working software program. The board can also be listed as supporting Debian Linux, the Chromium OS variant Flint OS and media heart software program primarily based on Kodi, amongst others.


The Tinker Board S has a quad-core 1.8GHz Rockchip processor, 2GB of DDR3 reminiscence, help for 4k video shows by way of HDMI, gigabit Ethernet, 192kHz/24-bit audio, 802.11 n Wi-Fi, and a 40-pin header together with a power-on pin and enhanced I2S pin with Slave mode.

The place to purchase

The board is available to buy here for ~$79.99.

Pine H64


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What it provides

An honest machine for the worth, on paper no less than, with help for 4K shows and focused at these in search of a brand new single-board pc to make use of as a media heart.


The H64 provides an Allwinner H6 SoC with an Arm Cortex A53 processor, a dual-core GPU Mali T-720 GPU, half/3GB of DDR3 reminiscence, a single USB port, HDMI 2.0a, and Gigabit Ethernet.

The H64 will help model four.9 of the Linux kernel, with Pine64 promising it’ll run a wide range of Linux-based working methods, together with Android.

Though early boards made by Pine64 had been heavily criticized in some reviews for having such poor software program help that some reviewers could not even get a working Linux desktop in addition, opinions of more moderen boards point out higher software program help.

That mentioned the board’s makers Pine64 say H64 is “nonetheless in early-stage improvement cycle” and “the present board is just appropriate for builders and early adopters”.

The place to purchase

The $25 board is available to buy here. Though it’s presently out of inventory, makers Pine64 say a refresh of the H64 is imminent, and that they’re planning to introduce a smaller mannequin B model that has the identical specs because the mannequin A however lacks the mini-PCIe port.



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What it provides

A muscular board with a six-core processor and substantial GPU able to driving two 4K shows, in addition to the power to hook up quick storage. Additionally it is obtainable with a Neural Community Processor, designed to speed up the board can run skilled machine-learning fashions dealing with duties resembling picture and speech recognition.


The RockPro64 packs a Rockchip RK3399 SoC with a six-core processor together with two Arm Cortex A72 cores at as much as 2.0GHz and 4 Arm Cortex A53 cores, an Arm Mali-T860 MP4 GPU, and a couple of – 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The ports embrace a single USB and one USB kind C with DisplayPort help, alongside a PCIe slot for hooking up quick SSD storage, gigabit Ethernet, and HDMI.

Whereas in concept the RockPro64 ought to run a wide range of Linux-based working methods, together with Android, its makers presently class the board being “solely appropriate for builders and early adopters” as a result of early stage in its lifecycle. The board’s predecessor, the Rock64, was found to be reasonably reliable so these points could also be resolved over time.

The place to purchase

The board is available here for $59.99.

Coming quickly

Renegade Elite


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What it provides?

The Renegade Elite provides sufficient energy to run as a normal PC, media heart or NAS and helps Android Oreo and the Linux kernel four.19 and above, which ought to open the door to a variety of Linux-based OSes working on the board.


Like most of the different boards out this 12 months, the Renegade Elite packs a six-core Rockchip RK3399 CPU with two Arm Cortex-A72 cores and 4 Arm Cortex A53 cores, in addition to a slower 4 core Arm Mali-T860 GPU. Nevertheless, the contains 4GB DDR4 RAM, sooner than the DDR3 discovered on many different boards and two USB Kind-C ports, which help DisplayPort, in addition to a 60-pin PCI-E growth header, and a 60-pin low-speed header. There’s additionally an HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet with elective power-over-Ethernet help, three USB Kind A ports, a microSD card slot, an infrared receiver, and real-time clock with battery backup.

When is it out

The board costs $99 to pre-order and will probably be obtainable in September this 12 months.

Gigabyte GA-SBCAP3450


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What it provides

Whereas single-board computer systems are sometimes much less highly effective than laptops, on paper the Gigabyte board to ship efficiency and options discovered on a low-end pocket book, albeit with some good extras resembling USB three.1 help.


The GA-SBCAP3450 packs a quad-core Intel Celeron N3450 processor working at as much as 2.2GHz, as much as 8GB of DDR3 reminiscence, gigabit Ethernet, Sata 6Gb/s connectors, USB three.1 ports, and a mini-PCIe slot. It could additionally output to 4K shows.

There isn’t any working system listed, and the board’s predecessor was bought with out an OS. Nevertheless, the pc’s x86 processor is ready to run a variety of Linux-based working methods, in addition to the total desktop model of Home windows 10.

When is it out?

Not but listed, more information will be available here when it arrives.

UDOO Bolt V8


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What it provides

A robust board with a price ticket to match, the UDOO Bolt is being bought as having extra processing muscle than a 13-inch MacBook Professional. Whether or not that proves the case or not, the board packs a quad-core CPU, an AMD Vega GPU and helps as much as 4 4K shows.

Its x86 processor means it ought to run each Home windows and plenty of Linux-based working methods, making it a machine that on paper ought to serve a variety of makes use of, and that may also be hooked as much as DIY digital . Evaluations of earlier UDOO boards praised their performance and versatility.

Nevertheless, with the board costing greater than some Chromebooks, and virtually ten occasions greater than the Pi, the board in all probability makes much less sense as a low-cost pc and extra as a high-end board for builders.


The UDOO Bolt V8 relies round an AMD Ryzen V1605B SoC with a quad-core/eight thread CPU working at three.6GHz, an AMD Vega eight GPU with DirectX 12 help, as much as 32GB of DDR4 reminiscence, 32GB eMMC onboard storage, a M.2 interface for quick SSD and NVMe storage, SATA 6Gb/s interface, two HDMI (1.four & 2.0a), two USB3 Kind-A, two USB Kind-C with DisplayPort help and Arduino Leonardo-compatible growth by way of its 12 x analog and 23 x digital pin header. The board requires 19V energy with USB Kind-C suitable energy.

When is it out?

The board was funded on Kickstarter, remains to be obtainable from $309 and as a consequence of be shipped in December this 12 months.

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