Ankit Gupta

October 08, 2020

A Single-Board Computer has all the same parts as a computer – including a microprocessor, memory, and IO. When  the Android operating system (OS) is combined with the compact, single-circuit board design, it can be a powerful piece of hardware for multimedia display, kiosks, or interactive digital signage. And, SBCs that support the AOSP codebase can be an ideal choice for commercial deployments of Android kiosk mode apps and use cases. 

But, just because SBC hardware supports AOSP doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for your use case. In fact, it’s definitely important to evaluate Android SBCs against your requirements for software, hardware, and Android software development potential. 

Reviewing 4 of the Top Android SBCs

Maturity, specs, and performance under simulated real-world conditions should impact your decision about an Android SBC. Our latest whitepaper is an in-depth evaluation of 4 leading options for Android SBCs:

First, each of these options was evaluated side-by-side for maturity and specifications. Then, we subjected each piece of Android hardware to some pretty extreme testing

SBC Maturity

Android Single-Board Computer Maturity is a measure of fit for commercial deployments. Maturity includes factors like whether it’s possible to build and customize the Android OS and kernel using the official source code, support for Android OS version upgrades, and more. 

Here’s what we evaluated side-by-side to determine maturity:

  • Hardware
  • Firmware and Android OS Customization
  • Included Software
  • Support for Android OS Version Upgrades
  • Customer Support
  • Adapters & Cables

SBC Specifications

Specifications are another measure of fit for enterprise Android deployments. Understanding processor power, display definition, and peripheral support can streamline the selection of an Android SBC for kiosk or signage deployments. Our spec evaluation includes:

  • Processor
  • GPU
  • Display
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi
  • Audio
  • USB
  • Camera
  • Weight
  • Size
  • PCIe
  • M.2
  • RTC
  • Wake-on-Lan
  • V-In

SBC Evaluation

And finally, we doubled-down on extreme testing to determine a board’s compatibility under a stressful real-world workload. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the testing we did for each board. And yes, all test or crash logs are included via link:

  • Monkey Test
  • Continuous Reboot Test
  • Geekbench CPU Test
  • Geekbench Compute Test
  • Evaluated Pros
  • Evaluated Cons

Tinker Board S vs. Khadas Edge-V vs. Khadas VIM 3 vs. Toradex Colibri IMX8X: Which is Best?

Each of the Android SBCs evaluated offers unique pros and cons for different use cases. However, we found that two boards stood out in terms of performance – and also, that one SBC offers particularly rich:

  • BSP stability
  • Tooling
  • Production Readiness

Read the full, unbiased results of our SBC evaluation. Download the whitepaper today.