Khadas VIM3L SBC up for pre-order for $50 and up, VIM1 & VIM2 Price Reduced

Shenzhen Wesion recently unveiled Khadas VIM3L SBC designed for HTPC / media center use cases. The board is based on Khadas VIM3 PCB but replaces the powerful Amlogic A311D processor by Amlogic S905D3 processor that should be just as good for video playback, but enable much cheaper hardware.

Khadas VIM3L Pre-orders

The board is not quite available yet, but the company has started to take pre-orders for Khadas VIM3L at discounted prices either as a bare board with Android 9.0 pre-installed ($49.99), or as a CoreELEC HTPC kit with enclosure, heatsink, WiFi antennas, and IR remote control ($69.99).

Khadas VIM3L pre-orders

Both feature Amlogic S905D3 quad-core Cortex-A55 processor coupled with 2GB LPDDR4(X) RAM, 16GB eMMC flash, and support 4Kp60 video output and playback with HDR support.

Prices will increase with time as follows:

  • September 3-16 (Early Bird) – $49.99 and $69.99 for the board and HTPC kit respectively
  • September 17 – October 7 (Punctual Bird) – $54.99 and $74.99
  • October 8 and beyond-  $59.99 and $79.99

Note that worldwide shipping is already included in the price, so you don’t need to pay an additional shipping fee as most other companies do. The company will start shipping pre-orders on October 30, 2019.

VIM3L Accessories

Khadas VIM3L will support the same accessories as VIM3 with for example the heatsink, fan, M2X extension board with PoE,  4G, and NVMe SSD support,  or TS050 MIPI DSI touchscreen display.

While mentioning cooling, the company notes the following which matches my experience with VIM3 board:

S905D3 is capable of operating in passive cooling mode whilst running Android OS.
If booting Linux, or 3rd party distros, adding the 3705 Cooling Fan for active cooling is recommended.

Khadas VIM1 and VIM2 Price Reductions

With the recent launch of Khadas VIM3 & VIM3L boards, the previous VIM boards become less interesting, so it makes sense for them to lower their prices. Khadas VIM board, now known as VIM1, is powered by Amlogic S905X processor, while VIM2 features Amlogic S912 octa-core processor.

The new prices are as follows:

  • VIM1 Basic (1GB RAM, 8GB EMMC) price has dropped to $44.99 from $54.90
  • VIM1 Pro (2GB RAM, 16GB EMMC) now costs $54.99 instead of $69.90
  • VIM2 Pro (3GB RAM, 32GB EMMC 5.1, AP6398S Wi-Fi, w/ Bluetooth 5.0) sells for $99.99 (was $119.90)
  • VIM2 Max (3GB DDR4, 64GB EMMC 5.1, AP6398S Wi-Fi, w/ Bluetooth 5.0) is also getting a $20 disctoun to $119.99

If you are instersted by those older boards, you can get VIM1 and VIM2 here and there respectively.

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tkaiser
tkaiser
10 months ago

> S905D3 is capable of operating in passive cooling mode whilst running Android OS. If booting Linux, or 3rd party distros, adding the 3705 Cooling Fan for active cooling is recommended

How should this make any sense at all?

tkaiser
tkaiser
10 months ago

In Linux Khadas folks define 75°C as throttling treshold for whatever reason (could be changed to 85°C or 90°C or whatever as long as critical thresholds remain sane): https://github.com/khadas/linux/blob/67a9d9d585d4070e3a2f051945e71ba25e5828f3/arch/arm/boot/dts/amlogic/mesong12b.dtsi#L1522-L1576

So the question is what is the Android firmware doing they (?) provide?

willy
willy
10 months ago

Probably they just changed the throttling threshold because they consider that android users use it to watch movies, don’t touch hardware and will not care if it’s hot. Just my guess.

I’m still interested in getting one and see what’s new in ARMv8.2a compared to v8a. This point actually makes it more interesting than the plain VIM3 which is still purely v8a.

tkaiser
tkaiser
10 months ago

Hmm… I just checked the Android benchmarks article to realize back then both internal thermal sensors reported just 54.4°C in idle (soc_thermal) and Jean-Luc’s measurements with an IR thermometer confirmed this. Benchmarks executed with the Linux image already start at 9°C above: Shell Time big.LITTLE load %cpu %sys %usr %nice %io %irq Temp 19:10:02: 2208/1800MHz 1.97 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 63.2°C 19:12:02: 2208/1800MHz 2.00 16% 0% 16% 0% 0% 0% 63.7°C 19:14:02: 2208/1800MHz 2.00 16% 0% 16% 0% 0% 0% 73.7°C 19:16:03: 1800/1000MHz 2.00 16% 0% 16% 0% 0% 0% 74.5°C 19:18:03: 2208/1800MHz 2.00 16% 0% 16% 0%… Read more »

willy
willy
10 months ago

very likely then, indeed.

Gouwa
10 months ago

It’s the same throttling value between the Ubuntu and Android ROMs.

Hi Jean, wanna double confirm with you that the Android & Ubuntu ROMs version you installed when you perform the testing, and we will do a testing here and try to figure out the difference.

Gouwa
10 months ago

Personally, I think for HTPC users, 3705 cooling fan is not a must for VIM3L.

PhilS
PhilS
10 months ago

Sadly it doesn’t inspire confidence when you say hey, we give you a heatsink and a metal plate but it’s still going to get too hot, so pay $2 more for a heat pad. Doesn’t really inspire vendor confidence in the product and/or could look like a scheme to squeeze a little more money out of people. Add that to still using a neolithic USB 2 port as one of only 2 is criminal in 2019, especially as the SOC supports 2 x USB 3, which would have made it way more attractive a proposition from the get go. I… Read more »

Willy
Willy
10 months ago

Maybe “criminal” is probably a bit excessive here ? With this said, I do also think that the thermal design of this family of boards should be significantly improved in the future, placing the SoC at the bottom to allow installing a large rectangular plate without having to resort to a complex X-shaped low-efficiency heat sink and an extra noisy fan. It will also reduce design and manufacturing costs. And these boards employ low-profile connectors, which are particularly suitable for use with a bottom plate since there should be a few millimeters margin at the bottom for them anyway. At… Read more »

Jon Smirl
10 months ago

Anyone have an estimate for what the S905D3 SOC costs?

Gouwa
10 months ago

May be you can share me your email address, and I will response you by email.

wtn2002
wtn2002
10 months ago

My experience with VIM3, a lot of software bug. you can join khadas forum see issue. not stable cannot usage in production and not well known community. recommend for power user only.

Gouwa
10 months ago

Hi wtn2002,
This is Gouwa from the Khadas team and thanks for the VIM3 order 🙂

May I know that what issues or software bugs you got? Usually, our team will response all the feedback and try to resolve most of the them asap, but to be honest, we still need to do more to improve the user experience and we also thanks to all the developers from the open source community and all the contributions they made.

BTW, we just released Androd Pie and Ubuntu ROM with OTA update feature for the VIM1(S905X) days ago 🙂

Leo Li
Leo Li
10 months ago

Any information about performance of S905D3 compare with S922X? [ameridroid] 2GB ODROID-N2 CoreELEC Edition + IR remote = $72 + shipping only.

Gouwa
10 months ago

Odroid N2 with higher performance SoC(S922X) then VIM3L(S905D3).

You can check below links for the comparison between VIM3L, VIM3, Odroid-N2 and more SBC:
https://dl.khadas.com/Hardware/VIM3/Specs/VIM3_Competitor_Comparisons.pdf
https://dl.khadas.com/Hardware/VIM3/Specs/VIM3L_Jeston-Nano_Comparisons.pdf

Jay
10 months ago

God question. I had the same and on the fence on which to buy.

Jay
10 months ago

Folks, please beware: the VIM3L ships as the N0N version (NO DTS and Dolby Vision)!

From @Gouwa’s post at Khadas’s own forums: https://forum.khadas.com/t/vim3l-opening-up-new-possibilities-for-diy-htpc-enthusiasts/4956/36

and from tsangyoujun as well at https://forum.khadas.com/uploads/default/0ef5e32bf9ea446320ddda2e59cade0ab30e7bf6

@Jean-Luc Aufranc, you might want to correct the article at https://www.cnx-software.com/2019/08/21/khadas-vim3l-amlogic-s905d3-sbc-targets-htpc-enthusiasts.

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