HiKey 960, a powerful high-end Single Board Computer for Android Developers with multifaceted utilities.
Tech Giant Google & Huawei have jointly taken this initiative (HiKey 960) to ease the pain of all the Android developers.
Because till now there was no such native system available for them to develop & test applications for ARM based platforms. So, they had to code on Intel’s x86 architectures.
But after the introduction of new HiKey 960 this problem will be gone. Not only creating but they will be able to test their ARM Applications in this native environment.
So, If you are an Android Developer & wanna build any application for ARM-based systems, this little single board computer can be a savior for that.
Now the main question is,
Will this powerful new device be able to give its eminent rival Raspberry Pi a tough fight in terms of market share & other areas?
Because according to OpenElectronics, Raspberry Pi is the 3rd highest selling computer ever in general segment. In just 5 years 12.5 million boards have been sold & its rank is just after Apple’s Macintosh & Microsoft’s Windows PC.
In just 5 years 12.5 million boards have been sold & its rank is just after Apple’s Macintosh & Microsoft’s Windows PC.
So from this data, you must be getting an idea that how much stronghold this tiny little board/ computer (Raspberry Pi) has over the market.
Now let’s find out whether new HiKey 960 has the power to sustain in the competition or it’s just a hype?
Whether it’s just a hype or not can only be known once it becomes available in the market & people starts using it.
Then after getting the real feedbacks/ reviews making such decision/ comment will be justified. But not immediately.
For now, the specs & functionalities it’s coming with can help us to find out how much strong contender it can be in front of famed Raspberry Pi.
So let’s find out…..
Only Android! Yes, that may be the first thing any user will get stuck. If you were thinking the same thing, then I must tell you this board also comes with the support of Linux OS besides Android.
So, your hands are not bounded. Though this new device is primarily targeted to the developers’ community but a common user can also use it as a simple Android-based Computer for regular purposes.
Developers can use it for a wide range of things, from creating Robots to building Drones or for making any smart programmable device.
From Hardware’s perspective, new HiKey 960 built with Octa-Core Kirin 960 Chip from Huawei comprised of 4 high-intensity cortex A73 & 4 Low-intensity Cortex A53 cores.
If you are thinking about it’s graphical prowess you will not get disheartened. Packed with Mali G-71 GPU, 3 GB LPDDR4 RAM & 32 GB Storage capacity this little board is just a powerhouse.
If you wanna enhance the storage capacity, for that it comes with PCIe m.2 slots.
With 60 Pin HS & 40 Pin LS Connectors, HiKey 960 comes with varieties of connectivity options like Micro SD Card Slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, HDMI Port, USB 3.0 slots, USB Type-C OTG connector & much more.
With a price tag of $239 initially (from May as expected), it will be available for the consumers of US, EU & Japan. Gradually in future, it will expand its reach globally in other regions.
So tell me after knowing all its nuts & bolts what do you think? Will it be able to become the king of Single Board Computer segment?
Source: The Next Web