The Khadas VIM3, the Amlogic S922X powered Raspberry Pi competitor, is launching on June 24 for US$69.99
As promised previously, we are back with Khadas VIM3 availability and pricing. The company is initially launching two versions of its single board computer (SBC), which it imaginatively calls Basic and Pro. Both models will launch on June 24 for US$69.99 and US$99.99 respectively. Below is a rundown of some of the major specifications of the two boards:
|SoC||Amlogic S922X||Amlogic S922X|
|Processor||4x ARM Cortex-A73, 2x Cortex-A53||4x ARM Cortex-A73, 2x Cortex-A53|
|GPU||ARM Mali-G52 MP4||ARM Mali-G52 MP4|
|Storage||16 GB eMMC 5.1||32 GB eMMC 5.1|
|RAM||2 GB LPDDR4/4x||4 GB LPDRR4/4X|
|SPI flash||16 MB||16 MB|
Khadas has also integrated a neural processing unit (NPU), which it claims can process up to 2.5 tera operations per second (TOPS). The company has revealed the back of the board too, which houses the microSD card slot, MIPI CSI camera connector, along with the MIPI DSI and TP connectors for linking the VIM3 with an external monitor. You may have also spotted an M.2 connector for attaching M.2 2280 SSDs. Khadas is planning to supply an adapter that has a flexible cable for connecting drives to the board.
Both models will run Android 9.0 Pie, Ubuntu XFCE 18.04 and LibreELEC (Kodi GBM & Linux 5.1. The company claims that it is still planning to release a third, and more expensive, version of the VIM3; it has not offered any information regarding this SKU though.
Khadas has stated that the launch pricing for the VIM3 Basic and Pro will run until July 22, at which point it will raise prices. It has also remarked that it can only initially produce a limited run of VIM3 boards and has claimed that it will shortly "be announcing a small “competition”, to see who will be eligible", more details of which will be released next week. We will keep you updated with more information about how to register for the competition in due course.