ASUS Tinker Board R2.0: Minor SBC revision lands from US$95 with Rockchip RK3288
ASUS has introduced the Tinker Board R2.0, an update on its old Tinker Board S. Surprisingly, ASUS has not upgraded the Rockchip RK3288 SoC, despite releasing the Tinker Board S in 2018. For reference, the Rockchip RK3288 contains four ARM Cortex-A17 CPU cores clocked at 1.8 GHz and a Mali-T764 GPU running at 600 MHz.
Likewise, the Tinker Board R2.0 retains its predecessor's 2 GB of DDR3 RAM and I/O, including a 40-pin GPIO header. Thus, the device also has a Micro SD card slot, an HDMI 2.0 port, Gigabit Ethernet and four USB 2.0 Type-A ports. However, ASUS has upgraded the single-board computer (SBC) from Bluetooth 4.0 to Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity via a new undisclosed Bluetooth chip. Unsurprisingly, the new Tinker Board retains its predecessor's 85.6 x 54 cm form factor too.
The Tinker Board R2.0 supports Android 12, as well as TinkerOS, a Debian-based operating system. Currently, the Tinker Board R2.0 is available for approximately US$95. Alternatively, there is the Tinker Board S R2.0, which adds 16 GB of eMMC flash storage for US$135. Please see ASUS' website for more details.