It appears that Huawei is not simply focusing on smartphones. With the help of Google, ARM and LeMaker, the company managed to develop the most powerful ARM-based single-board computer ever called HiKey 960. Raspberry Pi will face a serious problem with this version, mainly due to performance bad boy packs for a single on-board computer.
The HiKey 960 powered by Android 7.1 and its denomination makes perfect sense, thanks to the HiSilicon Kirin 960 eight-core processor from Huawei. The performance of this processor is quite similar to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 chips from last year. The processor based on ARM's big.LITTLE architecture with 4 Cortex A73 cores (up to 2, 3 GHz) and 4 Cortex A53 cores (up to 1, 8 GHz).
The necessary graphics power will be managed by the Mali G71 MP8 GPU which is considered slightly more powerful than the Adreno 530 GPU on the Snapdragon 820/821 chips. HiKey 960 also equipped 32 GB of storage space and 3 GB of LPDDR4 RAM . Well, there is no doubt that this card is a beast, the packaging capacity of a high-end smartphone on the market today.
Huawei believes that this computerized card will be used primarily by Android developers as a tool for writing and testing applications. In addition to this, the HiKey 960 can also be used to create intelligent devices such as robots, quadcopters, etc.
So what do you think? HiKey 960 really a Raspberry Pi killer? currently available on Amazon for an asking price of $ 239.99 if you want to give it a try.