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Khadas Vim Amlogic S905X Android and Linux Development Board Sells for $50 and Up

November 17th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

Last summer I wrote about Shenzhen Tomato TVI development board powered by Amlogic S905X processor, and at the time the company focused on business to business customers, but the board is now sold as Khadas Vim through GearBest with 2 GB RAM, 8 or 16 GB flash, and price starting at $49.99 including shipping.

3 Stacked Khadas Vim Boards

3 Stacked Khadas Vim Boards

Khadas Vim and Vim Pro boards’ specifications:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.5 GHz with penta-core Mali-450MP GPU
  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage
    • Vim – 8 GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot
    • Vim Pro – 16 GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot
  • Video & Audio  Output – HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz
  • Connectivity
    • Vim – Fast Ethernet port, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 (Ampak AP6212 module) with IPEX connector
    • Vim Pro – Fast Ethernet port, dual band 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 (Ampak AP6255) with IPEX connector
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports with 500mA fuses, 1x USB type C port for power and USB devices (no video)
  • Expansion header – 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible header with USB, UART, I2C, ADC, PWM, JTAG, I2S, and GPIOs
  • Misc – Blue & red LED, dual channel IR, power/function/reset keys, header for RTC battery
  • Power Supply –  5V via USB type C or extra header with 2.6A fuse
  • Dimensions – 82.0 x 57.5 x 11.5 mm
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We already knew the board supports Android 6.0, OpenELEC 7.0 and Ubuntu 16.04, we we did not have any details about documentation and source code. You’ll find lot of info include u-boot and Linux 3.14 source code, as well as schematics (PDF) among other things on Khadas’ Github account.

The board is sold as Khadas Vim with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB RAM for $49.99 and Vim Pro with 2GB/16GB configuration for $64.99, which you can purchase on GearBest. The acrylic case shown in the first picture is included with the board, as well as a user’s manual. You may also be interested in the manufacturer’s website (Shenzhen Wesion Tech), where you’ll find not only more info about Vim boards, but discovered the company is also making Rockchip RK3366 based GeekBox board and landingship baseboard.

  1. Roel
    November 17th, 2016 at 19:36 | #1

    On gearbest it’s 2GB + 8GB or 2GB + 16GB

  2. November 17th, 2016 at 19:46 | #2

    @Roel
    Yes correct. I was confused, because there are 5 variations on the manufacturer website, but they don’t show Vim Pro, only “Vi, Vim, Vim, GVim, and Vi Lite”. Vim is shown twice, so maybe they meant Vim Pro in the third location.

  3. Gaetano
    November 17th, 2016 at 20:28 | #3

    Can we install on it the same images of Odroid C2?

  4. Tommy
    November 17th, 2016 at 21:44 | #4

    Where can you download Os-es for this board, and where can i find accesories for it?

    There is not much info regarding those things, but it looks like a good choice for those who want multi boot device.

  5. November 17th, 2016 at 21:53 | #5

    @cnxsoft
    Gearbest only sell 2GB+8GB/16GB, And the first is for wifi AP6212, The second is for wifi AP6255 support 802.11n/b/g/ac.
    vi: 1GB+8GB WIFI AP6212
    vim: 2GB+8GB WIFI AP6212
    and the other model VIM is 2GB+16GB WIFI AP6212
    GVIM: 2GB+16GB WIFI AP6255
    Vi lite: 1GB+8GB wifi AP6181
    When I google the key words “khadas vim”, I found the manufacturer, seems developed by WesionTek, and they offer me their opensource code on Github.com/khadas/guide/ and ubuntu linux os will finish on next month, boom boom boom!!!

  6. Paul Taraneh
    November 17th, 2016 at 22:44 | #6

    I am using Librelec on Amlogic s905 with 1gb and 8gb and it runs extremely well. Much better then Android by far.

  7. November 17th, 2016 at 22:56 | #7

    @Gaetano
    you can’t, as Odroid C2 is based on S905 and its a different processor with Khadas Vim’s S905X.

    Khadas will release LibreELEC source code for Vim on its GIthub, and many developers can contribute on it.

  8. tkaiser
    November 17th, 2016 at 23:20 | #8

    @Gaetano
    Check Armbian forum → Technical support → Debian / Ubuntu → Amlogic → “ARMBIAN for Amlogic S905 and S905X” thread starting on page 5.

  9. Gaetano
    November 17th, 2016 at 23:37 | #9

    @Paul Taraneh
    On which device are you using it?

  10. Armer
    November 18th, 2016 at 14:59 | #10

    Interesting board I will buy soon.
    But a few concerns.
    No Heatsink?
    No Gigabit Ethernet?
    40pin header pin-map is totally different from RPi.

  11. November 19th, 2016 at 08:28 | #11

    @Armer
    1. the heatsink or cooling fan can be chosen as accessories depending on client’s requirements.
    such as controler and adapter, they answer to me, some clients already have them on hand, which will add more the cost of buying. and it seems will be more environmental protection. I agree!
    2. only 100M Ethernet
    3. yes, it is different from RPi. link to https://github.com/khadas/documents/blob/master/Vim_Pinout.jpg
    before I buy, I keep asking.
    and for me , I hope a board can support 4K HDR, VIM fit it. and with EMMC

  12. Drone
    November 19th, 2016 at 16:22 | #12

    “Khadas Vim and Vim Pro board…”

    The next version will called the “Khadas EMACS and EMACS Pro”.

  13. Jeroen
    November 21st, 2016 at 00:57 | #14

    pitty it hasn’t got gigabit, makes it a no go for me

  14. theguyuk
    December 17th, 2016 at 19:26 | #15

    We the folk at Khadas Vim have put a Video up and they speak english better than I speak there language.

    http://forum.khadas.com/t/khadas-vim-playing-4k-videos-on-android-m-libreelec/55

  15. Fossxplorer
    December 18th, 2016 at 03:41 | #16

    @Drone
    lol

  16. elgato
    December 22nd, 2016 at 13:09 | #17

    cnx, are you going to review this board? Khadas support somewhere wrote they give away some boxes for reviews. Wish you were one of those chosen.

  17. December 22nd, 2016 at 14:58 | #18

    @elgato
    I don’t think I’ve been contacted.

  18. December 30th, 2016 at 17:26 | #19

    @cnxsoft
    CNX, I am willow from Shenzhen Wesion of Khadas VIM, are you interested in that we offer you a device for testing? it will be our honor if you can contact with me by mail.
    thank you.

  19. H vom Walde
    March 21st, 2017 at 14:49 | #20

    Great news Khadas has the first Android Nougat 7.1.1 Firmware

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