Externally, Huawei's HiKey 960 looks a lot like a RaspBerry Pi. Yet in terms of performance and price, the two devices don't have much in common.
Resulting from a collaboration between Google and the Shenzhen brand, this direct competitor of the terminal designed by David Braben is particularly aimed at Android developers, by offering them to code their applications and software dedicated to ARM platforms, on something other than x86 architectures. Intel or possible Chromebooks. Because indeed, with its price of 239 dollars, the HiKey 960 is clearly not as mainstream as the famous devices of the RaspBerry Pi Foundation …
Based on a chip made in Huawei (in this case the octa-core Kirin 960 SoC, which also equips the brand's latest Mate 9), the HiKey 960 thus offers professionals an ideal high-end solution for testing ARM applications. natively, while also addressing “simple” technophiles and DIY 2.0 enthusiasts. Note that the device is just as capable of running Android as it is Linux.
The HiKey 960: a RaspBerry Pi, the extra power
Expected for May, Huawei's miniature computer displays technical specifications in terms of its price. The Kirin 960 chip is therefore responsible for animating the platform thanks to its eight cores (4 Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.4 GHz and 4 Cortex-A53 cores at 1.8 GHz), its 3 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and its Mali-G71 GPU part capable of supporting 4k streams.
A good point which is however spoiled by the video layout (HDMI 1.2a) which only supports 1080p.
The handheld terminal also has a chip supporting WiFi 802.11 b / g / n / ac and Bluetooth 4.1; 32 GB of storage (expandable via micro SD); a PCIe m.2 port and 40 and 60-pin slots to optionally add a camera to the whole.
If you decide to heat up your credit card to pay yourself the favors of the HiKey 960, do not hesitate to take a little tour here . Google details all the usual operations to properly install Android 7.1 on the terminal (if however you want to run this OS), the installation is obviously not as simple as one might think …