Khadas VIM3 (Raspberry Pi competitor) includes 4K, M.2 PCIe support

Khadas, announced the launch date and price of the first model of their VIM3 lineup of SBCs. The Khadas VIM3 Basic—equipped with 16GB eMMC Flash and 2GB LPDDR4 RAM—will be available for $69.99, starting on June 24. The Khadas VIM3 Pro, which offers double the storage and RAM, is priced at $99.99. Unfortunately, these prices are only for the first production batch, with prices set to increase on July 22.  Khadas, manufacturer of single-board computers (SBCs) in competition with the Raspberry Pi.

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Overview Khadas VIM3 SBC

The VIM3 SBC is the latest addition to our popular Khadas VIM series. It is equipped with the powerful Amlogic S922X SoC, based on the big-little CPU architecture: x4 Cortex A73 performance-cores and x2 Cortex A53 efficiency-cores are merged into a hexa-core configuration, and fabricated with a 12nm process to maximise performance, thermal and electrical efficiency.

VIM3 is designed with the same form-factor as our popular VIM2 and VIM1. It is the size of a credit-card, with all I/O ports located on one-side. Although diminutive, VIM3 is competitively-priced and fully-featured; everything you need is already built-in. The Pro-model comes with onboard 4GB LPDDR4/4X RAM, 32GB of EMMC storage and 2T2R 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 5.0.

In addition, VIM3 comes with unique features designed for our customers. Digital-signage developers will love the onboard programmable MCU, real-time clock and wake-on-lan functionality. We’ve also included a tri-axis digital accelerometer to detect signage orientation. Extension boards will provide additional developer options such as power-over-ethernet, dual-ethernet, 4G and GPIO.

The new VIM3 SBC also goes beyond what our original VIM models have to offer. It has an M.2 slot for NVMe SSDs that can switch between PCIe and USB 3.0 via Khadas KBI commands, and a USB-C port with 5-20 volt USB power-delivery input. Connect with up to 2 independent displays via HDMI and MIPI-DSI, one of which may be touch-enabled using the built-in TP connector.


Faster CPU Performance – Big-little architecture. x4 high-performance Cortex-A73 cores, paired with x2 efficiency Cortex-A53 cores.

Neural Processing Unit for A.I. – Next generation, deep-neural-network applications, at 2.5 TOPS.

Switchable PCIe and USB 3.0 – Use the Khadas KBI to switch the “combo interface” to either the USB-3.0 port or PCIe interface.

USB-C Power Delivery – Wide-range of power input, from 5-20V for power-hungry applications, e.g. Microphone Array and Speakers.

Dual Independent Displays – HDMI and MIPI-DSI, with 3-axis digital accelerometer for display rotation detection.

How does it compare to the Raspberry Pi 3B+?

The Raspberry Pi 3B+ lacks a lot of the additional features included with the Khadas VIM3, like support for USB 3.0 or M.2, as well as onboard eMMC storage or 4K output support. However, the Raspberry Pi 3B+ is half the price of the Khadas VIM3 basic, which makes the omission of support for this more palatable.

The community support of Raspberry Pi devices in general makes it easier to get started with projects using those boards. Third-party accessories for Raspberry Pi are also more common, due to the ubiquity of those boards.

What OS images are available?

Khadas is providing support for Android 9.0 Pie, Ubuntu XFCE 18.04, and LibreELEC. Of note, the Amlogic S992X is targeted toward Android TV set-top boxes, which influences what tools are available from the SoC vendor.

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