It is an undeniable fact that computers are getting smaller and cheaper, and the new Odroid U2 offers you 1.7GHz of quad-core power that you can hold in the palm of your hand for only $89.
Think of the Odroid U2 as a Raspberry Pi on steroids. It features a quad-core 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos4412 Prime Cortex-A9, a Mali-400 Quad Core 440MHz 3D accelerator, 2GB of memory, two USB ports, microSD card storage, HDMI output, and a built-in Ethernet port. Put simply, it is the equivalent of a high-end smartphone from a year ago, for under $100.
On the operating system front, the Odroid U2 runs Android 4.x and Ubuntu 12.10.
While the Odroid U2 is aimed primarily at developers and those looking to create embedded solutions, the device would, with a little bit of additional open source software and some Android apps, make a handy, low-cost, low-power desktop system.
The Odroid U2 is not going to win any performance awards, but in the right hands, and with a little know-how, this is a fantastic platform for development and creating custom embedded solutions.