ODROID-U3: The $59 Quad-Core Board That’s As Powerful As The Samsung Galaxy S3

Posted on Dec 25 2013 - 7:12pm by Chad Buenaflor

Do you love to tinker around with technology and create Do-It-Yourself projects? Check out the new ODROID-U3 board that costs only $59 and is as powerful as the Samsung Galaxy S3. It’s capable of running Android 4.x and Xubuntu 13.10 Linux. The board is aimed at developers however it does not mean that you can’t use it as a small desktop computer or even a media center.

ODROID-U3

From professional engineers developing robotics projects to kids learning Android programming this board is highly recommended. Its powerful quad core processor and low power consumption makes it a perfect choice.

Technical Specifications

  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 4412 Prime SoC, CPU — Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 clocked at 1.7GHz, GPU — 3D accelerator Mali-400 Quad Core 440MHz
  • RAM: 2GB LP-DDR2 SDRAM
  • Storage: MicroSD card socket, eMMC module socket
  • HDMI video interface: Supports 1080p (H.264+AAC based MP4 container format), micro HDMI connector
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack
  • LAN: 10/100Mb Ethernet (RJ-45 Jack)
  • USB: 3x USB2.0 Host ports (standard A type connectors), 1x USB2.0 OTG Device port (Micro USB)
  • 8-pin I/O expansion header: UART, IRQ, I2C, GPIO, power
  • Power: 5VDC @ 2A
  • Operating system:  Xubuntu 13.10; U-Boot 2010.12; Linux kernel 3.0.x; Android 4.x
  • Dimensions: 83 x 48 x 22mm (with heatsink)
  • Weight: 48g (with heatsink)

The ODROID-U3 is the successor to the ODROID-U2. It offers several improvements over its predecessor yet retains a 100% software compatibility.

Hardkernel, the company that manufactures ODROID, says that it has benchmarked this $59 device against the $25 Raspberry Pi and came up the comparison shown below.

odroid-u3 vs raspberry pi

This dev board can now be pre-ordered at the Hardkernel website with the first batch of shipments starting this coming January 14.

via hardkernel

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Chad Buenaflor is a tech writer, gadget reviewer and blogger. In his free time he likes to watch movies, listen to music and play chess. You can reach him at his Google+ social media account