Asus launches a compact PC model like Raspberry Pi, using ARM CPU

It’s not hard to point out a few reasons why Raspberry Pi computers have become so popular around the world: They’re compact, simple in construction, inexpensive, consume little power, and (mostly) easy to use. . ASUS understands that and is launching a mini PC model inspired by the Raspberry Pi, although not really a mass-market consumer product.

Accordingly, ASUS has officially introduced Tinker Board 3N, an ARM-based single-board computer model. Although not as small as the Raspberry Pi, the Tinker Board 3N still has an impressive size and supports many options and ports. The device comes with a quad-core Rockchip RK3568 CPU, up to 8GB of RAM, and 64GB of eMMC storage — users also have the option to purchase a memoryless version if desired.

Despite being an ARM board, the Tinker Board 3N is surprisingly expandable, with two m.2 slots with support for Wi-Fi and SSD modules, as well as a memory card slot. microSD. It’s quite infamous for the RAM to be soldered to the board, but that’s basically normal because upgradeability isn’t really a big priority for these types of devices, and it’s even harder to do with single board ARM architecture.

Tinker Board 3N is about 100mm x 100mm in size. It’s a bit smaller than a Mini ITX motherboard, measuring 170mm x 170mm and doesn’t really fit any ATX size standards. As mentioned, the Raspberry Pi is still smaller and therefore more flexible for some use cases. In return, you wouldn’t expect a wide variety of I/O options on the Pi. Remember that the Tinker Board 3N includes an HDMI port, one USB-C port, and two Ethernet ports.

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In terms of software, ASUS says users will be able to upgrade to Android 12 and Debian 11 on this board. In addition, other popular Linux distributions are also installable.