asus tinker board s
At CES 2018, ASUS unveiled tons of small form factor hardware and expanded its family. PB40 and PN40 are two mini PCs that let combine power and portability. Chromebox 3 is Chromebox 2 successor with 8th Generation Intel Core processor with DDR4 2400 Memory. For Linux enthusiasts and DIYers, the good news came in the form of a new Raspberry Pi competitor.

Following the last year’s hacker board, ASUS Tinker Board S is the new and improved SBC that brings better durability and stability. Featuring 40 GPIO pins and robust Linux support, Tinker Board S comes with 16GB eMMC onboard storage to improve performance. You also get a microSD card for expanding the storage.

It goes without saying that Tinker Board S will deliver better battery life, performance, and other metrics. The most striking difference between both the versions is the new ARM-based RK3288 SoC, operating at 1.8GHz, opposed to the previous Rockchip RK3288. It also has 4 USB 2.0 ports as compared to two ports in the last release.

asus tinker board s parts

It has 2GB Dual-channel LPDDR3 Memory, Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR, wireless 802.11.b.g.n, and Gigabit LAN port. The onboard power-on pin also makes tweaking easier.

Here’s the complete comparison chart:

Tinker Board STinker Board
ProcessorCortex-A17 Quad-core 1.8GHz
Display1 x 15-pin MIPI DSI supports up to HD
1 x HDMI up to 4K/30fps
*HDMI CEC Hardware Ready
1 x 15-pin MIPI DSI supports up to HD
1 x HDMI up to 4K/30fps
Memory SizeDual-CH LPDDR3 2GB
StorageOnboard 16GB eMMC
Micro SD(TF) card slot
Micro SD(TF) card slot
Connectivity1 x GB LAN
1 x wireless 802.11 b/g/n & BT 4.0 + EDR
AudioRTL HD Codec with 1 x 3.5mm audio jack
*Supports Plug-in Detection and Auto-Switch
RTL HD Codec with 1 x 3.5mm audio jack
USB4 x USB 2.0 ports
Internal Headers1 x 40-pin GPIO header w/ enhanced I2S
1 x 2-pin eMMC recovery header
1 x 2-pin Power-on header
1 x 40-pin GPIO header
1 x 2-pin contact points
Power ConnectorMicro USB (5V/2~3A)
*Supports low voltage input detection
Micro USB (5V/2~3A)
OS SupportDebian 9 / Android 6
Dimension3.37″ x 2.125″

For better user experience, Tinker Board S is HDMI-CEC-ready for complete video entertainment, using which you can control the hacker board and TV with a single remote.

The software running here is a Debian 9-based Linux distro named TinkerOS. It features lightweight LXDE desktop environment. The GUI is optimized for single board computers as well. Moreover, Tinker Board S also supports Android.

The pricing and availability of Tinker Board S are expected to be told in the first half of 2018.

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