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Official launch end of february.
Review at ... ker-board/ Quite favorable for the hardware, hard on missing support.

For the hardware, the Tinker Board is certainly an impressive and very well-executed board. It’s quick, pretty to look at, and while it’s by no means the cheapest single board computer of its class, it’s not the most expensive either. Asus have amply demonstrated their expertise in producing high-quality hardware, and the result is a clone of Raspberry Pi hardware that’s much better than a real Raspberry Pi in almost every way.

To release such a polished piece of hardware and fail to back it up with even the most basic online support offering is a mistake we’ve seen many times before. It is one that Asus should take immediate steps to remedy if they expect this board to sell to more than a few hardware enthusiasts.

There is interesting news in that review and explains a lot about the not too good support at the moment.

A member of the Asus Marketing team read this review and contacted Hackaday with some updated information. According to our discussion, the Tinker Board has not officially launched. This explains a lot about the current state of the Tinker Board. As Jenny mentions in her review below, the software support for the board is not yet in place, and as comments on this review have mentioned, you can’t source it in the US and most other markets. An internal slide deck was leaked on SlideShare shortly after CES (which explains our earlier coverage), followed by one retailer in the UK market selling the boards ahead of Asus’ launch date (which is how we got our hands on this unit).

Asus tells us that they are aiming for an end of February launch date, perhaps as soon as the 26th for the United States, UK, and Taiwan. Other markets might have some variation, all of this contingent on agreements with and getting stock to regional distributors. With the launch will come the final OS Distribution (TinkerOS based on Debian), schematics, mechanical block diagrams, etc. Asus tells Hackaday it is a top priority to deliver hardware video acceleration for the Rockchip on the Tinker Board. The Board Support Package which hooks the feature into Linux is not yet finished but will come either on launch day or soon after. This is the end of the update, please enjoy Jenny List’s full review below.

I have a feeling we will hear more about this board from Asus!
Starting to get more traction

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