ODROID-C1 Review

The inexpensive single board computer marketplace is exploding!

The Raspberry Pi Model B+ (and now A+) 40 pin GPIO header is becoming a second standard for embedded development boards – you can think of it as the equivalent of the PC/AT bus compared to the PC/XT bus of the 26 pin GPIO header on the older Model A and Model B.

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Hardkernel launched the ODROID-C1 last December – 14-12-2014 to be precise – and it immediately garnered a lot of interest due to its feature set, and incredibly low price of $35USD for a quad core arm board.

I mean really – such a price/performance ratio was previously unknown for a small single board computer!

  • Quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A5 processor
  • ARMv7 instruction set with NEON extensions
  • Mali-450 GPU with OpenGL ES 2.0
  • 1GB of DDR3 memory
  • Real Time Clock
  • 40 pin GPIO header of which 37 pins are Raspberry Pi B+ compatible
  • the incompatible three pins provide 1v8 voltage reference and two analog inputs
  • eMMC nand flash module socket
  • UHS-1 support for the micro SD socket
  • 4x USB 2.0 host ports
  • 1x USB OTG
  • IR receiver
  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • Android KitKat

I ordered some boards and accessories as soon as I could, and received them in January.

The board arrived in a small white box with “ODROID” on it:

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I also purchased the case, two types of optional power cables, an Ubuntu 8GB eMMC module, and some of their add-ons for later testing.

Full Disclosure: I purchased my own ODROID C1’s and accesories, and as always, my review is unbiased.

Does the ODROID-C1 look like a Raspberry Pi?

You can decide for yourself.

Photo: Raspberry Pi Model B+, ODROID-C1, Banana Pro

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There definitely is quite a bit of similarity in how the Raspberry Pi Model B+ and the ODROID-C1 look – but there are also some differences. The ODROID-C1 has two memory chips on top of the board, uses a micro-HDMI connector, and has a console serial port connector as well as an IR receiver.

You will also note that the ODROID-C1 does NOT have a camera connector, LCD connector, or 3.5mm audio/video jack.

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Note the eMMC module on the ODROID-C1 – the 8GB module came with Ubuntu 14.04 pre-loaded on it.

Article Index

  1. Introduction, Does the ODROID-C1 look like a Raspberry Pi?
  2. (A) Closer Look
  3. Feature Comparison
  4. Operating Systems, Software compatibility, Hardware Compatibility
  5. (more) Hardware Compatibility, USB WiFi Stick Compatibility
  6. Documentation, Benchmarks
  7. Power Utilization, Support, Conclusion

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