A few years ago we said that ASUS had it raw with their attempt at Raspberry Pi and Arduino-style miniPCs and indeed we haven’t seen them come up with stiff competition. But that does not mean that the Taiwanese gave up and the family has moved on, now with the new ASUS Tinker Board 2s.

With 64-bit processor, ASUS new mini motherboard supports up to Android 11 and it promises easy setup. Of course, although it is quite loaded up to the limits of power and connections, it seems that for now it still cannot compete in price with the main existing rival proposals.

ASUS Tinker Board 2s datasheet

ASUS Tinker Board 2s

Dimensions

85 x 56 mm

SoC

Rockchip RK3399

CPU

Dual-core Arm Cortex-A72 a 2 GHz
Quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 a 1,5 GHz

Graph

Arm Mali-T860 MP4 a 800 MHz

RAM

2/4 GB LPDDR Dual Channel

Storage

16 GB eMMC (+ slot Micro SD)

Display ports

1 x HDMI (CEC)
1 x USB tipo-C (DP Alt Mode)
1 x 22-pin MIPI DSI

Audio ports

1 x HDMI salida
1 x S/PDIF TX pin (GPIO)
1 x PCM/I2S pins (GPIO)

USB

3 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Tipo-C OTG

Connectivity

1 x RTL8211F-CG GbE LAN
1 x M.2 – 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi
Bluetooth 5.0 (2T2R)

Camera interface

1 x 15-pin MIPI CSI-2

Operating system

Debian 10 / Android 11

Internal headers

1 x 40-pin header including:

  • up to 28 x GPIO pins
  • hasta 2 x SPI bus
  • up to 2 x I2C bus
  • hasta 2 x UART
  • hasta 3 x PWM
  • up to 1 x PCM / I2S
  • hasta 1 x S/PDIF TX
  • 2 x 5V power pins
  • 2 x 3.3V power pins
  • 8 x ground pins
  • 1 x Recovery header 2 pines
    1 x Power header 2 pines
    1 x Reset header 2 pines
    1 x Debug UART header 2 pines
    1 x DC Fan header 2 pines
    1 x RTC Battery header 2 pines

    Feeding

    1 x 12~19V DC (5,5/2,5 mm)

    Price

    120,31 euros

    SmartFly info Tinker Board 2 6-Core 2.0 GHz Rockchip RK3399 Single Board Computer 2GB RAM GB LAN Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 GPIO Connectivity Supports Dual 4K Display

    SmartFly info Tinker Board 2 6-Core 2.0 GHz Rockchip RK3399 Single Board Computer 2GB RAM GB LAN Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 GPIO Connectivity Supports Dual 4K Display

    Betting on gross and graphic power

    The new Tinker Board 2s rides on the 64-bit train, as we said in the introduction, relying again on a Rockchip SoC. Unlike the Raspberry Pi 4B, it combines up to six cores with 1.5 and 2 GHz clock speeds, although the maximum RAM is 4 GB.

    Asus Tinker Board 2s 03

    The storage is 16 GB of flash memory that can be expanded with a micro SD card, although what again is its strong point in addition to the SoC are its ports. Having already included HDMI in the original Tinker, the new one includes an HDMI 2.0, four USB ports, a Gigabit RJ45 port and chips for WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0.

    As we also advanced, the Tinker Board 2s has support for Debian and Android in their latest versions (so far), having images up to Debian 10 and Android 11. And with its Mali graphics at 800 MHz, much higher than the paper at the 400 MHz of the latest RPi, promise smooth work even in 3D graphics.

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    ASUS Tinker Board 2s

    Asus Tinker Board 2s 04

    His main problem when competing is precisely this (once again). The ASUS Tinker Board 2s that gives in 120,31 euros, which leaves the usual limit of its main rival even in its most recent models, although on paper it is superior in some aspects of its hardware.


    SmartFly info Tinker Board 2 6-Core 2.0 GHz Rockchip RK3399 Single Board Computer 2GB RAM GB LAN Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 GPIO Connectivity Supports Dual 4K Display

    SmartFly info Tinker Board 2 6-Core 2.0 GHz Rockchip RK3399 Single Board Computer 2GB RAM GB LAN Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 GPIO Connectivity Supports Dual 4K Display

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