Huawei’s Raspberry Pi Competitor Comes with Same Specs as P10

You may be forgiven if you ask for some more room and power on your Raspberry Pi, but at least you are not out of options – if you are willing to pay for it. Huawei’s HiKey 960 single-board computer is one such option, though, it might be too expensive for the common tinkerer.

Rather than relegating the price to end let’s get to its straightaway; the HiKey 960 costs $239. Compared to the $35 Raspberry Pi, it is almost seven times more expensive which doesn’t even put it in the same league as the Pi due to the wildly different target markets. It’s also four times costlier than ASUS’s Tinker Board.

Read More: ASUS’s Raspberry Pi Alternative is Twice as Powerful

As the name indicates, the HiKey 960 is powered by Huawei’s flagship-grade Kirin 960 octa-core processor, with its four low-end Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and four powerful Cortex-A73 ones at 2.4GHz. The processor is the same one used in Huawei Mate 9 and P10 flagships. It is coupled with the latest Mali-G71 GPU using the latest Bitfrost architecture alongside support for PCIe M.2 for advanced storage options and improved wireless capabilities.

It still provides 32 GB of UFS 2.1 storage in addition to a 3 GB LPDDR4 RAM module. There are 40-pin and 60-pin connectors for connecting accessories like camera modules. The HiKey 960 allows you to load Android 7.1 Nougat, indicating a different approach. Details for that can be found here. Eventually, Linux versions will be supported for improved competition with the Pi.

Wireless connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi ac. As for video output, the HiKey 960 supports up to 4K resolutions, though the solitary HDMI 1.2a output supports only 1080p. Other than that, you get 2 USB 3.0 and one USB-C though there’s no Ethernet jack.

With the mentioned price, the HiKey 960 will ship worldwide come next month.


  • Raspberry Pi competitor. Costs $240. are you f’n kidding me?

    This’ll be dead at launch.

    • Nope.. It won’t be.. The problem with raspberry pi is the one thing addressed here.. More power.. So let’s see how it goes.. Looks really appealing to me over my current raspberry pi.. Might get one soon..

        • The cluster would draw 500mA per node.. . Therefore not ideal when you are working on projects where you don’t get the luxury of sparingly use of electric power.. Let alone the stack would be housed on more space thus nullification of the size advantages, my friend.. I am working on a small project where both housing the pi and powering it are to be kept at a minimum.. Therefore the above option is viable in such instances..

      • Yes, it will be. With this amount of money, you can easy buy 6 RPis to make a cluster with more computing power than this and you’ll still have change left. There are plenty of easy DIY tutorials out there that let you make a Raspberry Pi cluster.

  • Your captions are always misleading.
    You have mentioned Raspberry PI competitor and from the first line you mentioned they both have different purpose and market.

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