Asus Tinker Board Arrives in US – Competitor to Raspberry Pi

Asus Tinker Board Arrives in US

Asus Tinker Board Arrives in US – Competitor to Raspberry Pi

In the January 2017, ASUS has released a top competitor of Raspberry Pi in the form a single board computer named as Tinker Board. It was put in the direct competition to Raspberry Pi. Though the ASUS Tinker Board is costly than the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, it offers some extra features and performance which make it a worth purchase. Till the date, this amazing SBC was available only in the UK and neighbor regions, but now finally, it is also available in the US market.

In our previous post, we have provided the detailed review of ASUS Tinker Board and its specifications. Let us give you a quick view of it here also.

  • The Tinker board from ASUS comes with a 1.8GHz quad-core Rockchip Cortex-A17 RK3288 Processor
  • It supports 4K video output with its HDMI 2.0 port
  • The ARM quad-core Mali-T760 GPU comes with a frequency of 600MHz
  • 2GB LPDDR3 RAM comes with a dual channel support
  • Built-in Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi with the latest 802.11 b/g/n standards
  • Debian Linux supported
  • SD card slot, USB slot, and 3.5mm audio jack attached

The ASUS Tinker Board has lot visual similarities with the Raspberry Pi Board. This 4K- capable SBC comes with a double RAM and faster chip than the Raspberry Pi 3 and is available to purchase on AMAZON.COM.


The CPU and GPU have the same specifications like the ASUS Chromebook Flip and other Chromebooks. It has some similar or greater specs to the Raspberry Pi 3 but does not have an inbuilt storage like the Pi has.

This board supports the TinkerOS which is a Debian Linux based Operating System. Other Operating Systems can also be used to it, but we recommend to use this official OS.

Aimed to the hobbyists and enthusiasts who are looking for the affordable options to build their own designs and circuits, this single board computer is sized to a pack of playing cards and can be fit easily into the surveillance systems, media players, and almost all the IoT products. Firstly, it was available for only some particular countries in and around the UK; the ASUS Tinker Board is available for the purchase in the US now.

Comment (1)

  • Ihor Skotar Reply

    Hi Azad;

    I am aware of the Tinker Board as per the YouTube channel, and I’ve seen some specifications on the ASUS board. I know that the board is a direct challenge to the Raspberry PI. Well, I’ll wait and see if we can actually use it. So many other boards to consider and experiment with. We’ll wait and see what ordinary folks do with it.

    Also the price is competitive to their ASUS Intel boards. Here the price is almost even so it might be better to buy the Intel board in comparison to the Tinker Board. For experimentation, the price of the board should be in the same ball park as the Raspberry PI or other experimental boards. If you compare it to the Intel Edison, well, I would rather buy a cheaper ASUS mother board. Note that there are tons of software that run Windows. So programming is not my concern. Yet, the lower cost boards are getting cheaper and the older models are showing up on the market with price discounts.

    Not a rush here.


    April 26, 2017 at 7:05 pm

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