Wand­board’s An­droid, Linux mini­com­puter now in quad-core

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Here comes an­other tiny com­puter (a.k.a. a de­vel­oper board) called Wand­board. It looks pretty much like Rasp­berry 3i, but the start­ing price is much higher and so is the power of the de­vice.

While Rasp­berry 3i has an ARM11 sin­gle-core pro­ces­sor, the Wand­board comes with a su­per­fast Freescale i.MX6 ARM Cor­tex-A9 pro­ces­sor. Also, gone are the days of sin­gle and dual-core ver­sions; Wand­board of­fers a quad-core model. Ad­di­tion­ally, it has 2 GB of RAM, 2 mi­croSD card slots, HDMI and USB ports, and Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net as well as built-in Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth.

The quad core Wand­board is priced at $129, and the sin­gle- and dual-core mod­els are re­tail­ing at $79 and $99, re­spec­tively.

Be­sides hav­ing more pro­ces­sor cores than its low-cost coun­ter­parts, the tiny com­puter also has greater mem­ory, and it can eas­ily be called the only model with a SATA con­nec­tor to help you at­tach a hard drive or solid state disk.

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