ODROID-N2 is an Amlogic S922X single board computer with 2GB or 4GB RAM that’s fairly popular thanks to its great performance/price ratio, good cooling, and decent support from Hardkernel.
Hardkernel have worked in collaboration with CoreELEC, and have just introduced ODROID-N2 CoreELEC Edition media center featuring the SBC. The company offers the media center at introductory prices of $65 for the 2GB RAM model, and $75 for the 4GB model with limited stocks at those discounted prices.
- ODROID-N2 SBC with either 2GB or 4GB RAM
- ODROID-N2 Case Black
- An 8GB Industrial MicroSD UHS-1 card pre-loaded with CoreELEC for ODROID-N2 preinstalled
- 12V/2A Power Supply (with chosen type of plug)
- CoreELEC Logo Sticker
CoreELEC for ODROID-N2 supports 4K HDR10 and HLG high dynamic-range, Auto frame rate switching & dynamic range matching, DTS-HD & Dolby-HD audio pass-through including DTS:X and Dolby Atmos. The firmware is based on the Kodi Leia and ODROID-N2 is said to be the only Linux device that outputs correct 4K HDR infoframe data, which allegedly makes it the most affordable Arm based Linux board with proper 4K HDR video support on the market.
Other features include Netflix Full HD support thanks to Widevine DRM implementation, 3D-SBS (side-by-side) and 3D-TAB (top-and-bottom), and you could also leverage the board storage capabilities by connecting one of the supported USB DVB receivers to watch ot record Free-to-air TV. Finally, ODROID-N2 with CoreELEC can also be easily converted into a retro-gaming console by installing EmuELEC add-on for PSP & DreamCast emulation.
Support is available on CoreELEC forums, where you’ll also find the firmware image if you already own an ODROID-N2 board, and want to give CoreELEC a try.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.