Huawei and Google team up for the first Android development board, similar to the Raspberry Pi

Huawei and Google team up for the first Android development board, similar to the Raspberry Pi

Android developers had one serious problem that made their jobs much harder up until now – they had to develop software for the platform using hardware that's completely different in just about any way. The community wanted an ARM-based development platform for quite some time now, hoping it would make things easier, and it finally has it.

Huawei has introduced the HiKey 960 board – an ARM-based development board that comes with all the essentials one would need. It employs Huawei's latest octa-core processor – the Kirin 960 – complete with the Mali-G71 GPU, 32 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM. This makes for a development board that's on par with most modern smartphones, when it comes to performance.

The board also comes with two USB 3.0 ports, one USB Type-C, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1. There is also an HDMI port, but it supports resolution of up to 1920 x 1080 pixels, while the GPU is capable of handling 4K output.

Similar to the Raspberry Pi, the HiKey 960 comes with a variety of pins, so developers can hook up whatever they want to the board.

The HiKey 960's default OS is the official open-source version of Android. Google officially supports the board, along with its weaker sibling, the HiKey 620.

The HiKey 960 costs $240 and it will ship to the US, European Union and Japan in early May, before making it to developers worldwide.

via PCWorld

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6 Comments

1. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Already too expensive to be compared to a pi

2. epdm2be

Posts: 816; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

But vastly more powerfull. And it comes shipped with an OS that utilises the whole board from the get go.

3. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Power isn't really the thing people buying these are bothered about, price is key, power isn't only a bonus as they're not used for real performace hungry tasks. The only thing this would benefit is emulating n64 games better... This thing won't sell.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

look at the title again.. it's "Android development board", dont compare it with a simple programmable mini computer like raspberry.. and this board have flagship android level performance (thanks to kirin 960) I'm sure this board main market is for the developers of "Android Thing", so they won't need to built their own android testbed with custom connector, they can simply use this board and to check if their code work, and see how much processing power it's really need, then they can start mass producing end product with trimmed hardware specs

6. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

I agree with you on that. $240 is pretty steep for any development board. Who cares if it has that flashy cpu. Being priced nearly 10 times more than your competition is always a bad thing.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Sounds like something fun to tinker with, but until I really know what I'm doing I'll stick with the far less expensive Raspberry Pi.

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