For around $35, Raspberry Pi pretty decent Linux desktop computer. Actually, it is ‘okay,’ but just not good enough to give most users the acceptable web browsing experience or even get some work done regularly.
For affordable computing, there is no debate; Chromebooks are the most powerful ARM-based computers we have right now. However, that might soon change, if it hasn’t already. The type of flagship phones released these days comes with processing power that gives ultraportable laptops a run for their money.
Huawei, for one, has just released its smartphone SoC (System on a Chip) making a tiny little Linux computer. The $239 Huawei HiKey 960 board comes with an octa-core Kirin 960 chip with four high-end Cortex-A73 cores, and four low-power Cortex-A53 cores.
This HiKey 960 chip is the same chip you find on the Huawei Mate 9. Although it cannot be said to be on the same level as the Snapdragon 835, it is still a viable option in the choice for a high-end specs smartphone.
Huawei says they are working on making the board more compatible with various versions of Linux in the future, including …read more