Khadas VIM4: Powerful SBC released from $199.90 with early bird discount
Khadas has finally launched the VIM4, a single-board computer (SBC) that it has been teasing for a while. Billed as a 'credit-card sized computer', the VIM4 measures 82 x 58 x 13 mm, within which Khadas has included four M2 mounting holes. Even though the VIM4 is a tiny machine, Khadas has still managed to include plenty of connectivity, plus an Amlogic A311D2 SoC.
For reference, the latter contains four ARM Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and another four Cortex-A53 cores running at 2 GHz. Also, the SoC has a Mali-G52 MP8 (8EE) GPU that peaks at 800 MHz. For some reason, Khadas does not mention the Amlogic A311D2's NPU, which outputs at up to 5 TOPS. CNX Software speculates that this could be because of license requirements, but Khadas has not commented on the matter.
Still, the SBC has 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM clocked at 2,016 MHz. As Khadas' marketing images show, the VIM4 has a 40-pin GPIO header, a USB Type-C connection for power and two USB Type-A ports, along with a microSD card reader and a PCI 2.0 slot for an M.2 2280 SSD. According to Khadas, the VIM supports Android 11, Ubuntu 22.04 and runs the mainline Linux kernel.
At launch, Khadas is offering the VIM4 as a bareboard or with an Active Cooling Kit, which retail for US$219.90 and US$239.90, respectively. However, Khadas is running an early bird discount on both models until June 10, which reduces them by US$20 to US$199.90 and US$219.90.