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

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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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> 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?

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

PhilS
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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 suspect that it will sell well though at the price point.

Willy
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Willy

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 least you need to honestly admit that the board offers a fairly complete connectivity in a small form factor, that places it close to the top when it comes to choosing a versatile board. I’ll personally order one since I’m confident I can remove the useless Android and reuse it for various purposes, but I won’t buy the overpriced heat sink.

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Anyone have an estimate for what the S905D3 SOC costs?

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

wtn2002
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wtn2002

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
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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
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Leo Li

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

Gouwa
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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

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

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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.