While the beloved Raspberry Pi is perfect for lightweight (and cheap!) computing tasks, it is far from ideal for heavier jobs typically done on more robust ARM-based laptops. But what if you could have the same operating power of a laptop in the same versatile package as a Raspberry Pi?

The answer would likely be the new $239 HiKey 960 board from Huawei.

Based on the octa-core Kirin 960 chip—the same chip used in the Huawei Mate 9 smartphone—the HiKey 960 technically operates as efficiently as a modern high-end smartphone (it is also used in Porsche Design models). In other words, while the HiKey 960 has 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the low-cost Raspberry Pi 3 clocks in with just 1GB LPDDR2. While it’s not technically ideal for creating a high-speed multimedia/rendering powerhouse, the chip is perfectly capable of going above and beyond the capabilities of your standard Pi—assuming you’re willing to cough up the $200+ price difference.

Kirin 960

As a tiny Linux computer ideal for Android developers, or those looking for a 4K output option, the HiKey 960 could be a godsend. If you’re just looking to tinker around with the average garage projects on the weekend, however, it’s a tad bit overkill. In any case, who doesn’t love more options?

The HiKey 960 is available now for $239 over at Amazon.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.