Khadas VIM3 & VIM3L SBC’s become Android reference boards

If you need to work on the very latest development version of Android or AOSP, you can either get one of the supported phones such as Google Pixel 5,  one of the reference boards for Android which should be better for development and also fairly cheaper.

We previously reported about Hikey, Hikey960, and DragonBoard 845c single board computers being part of the short list of reference boards for the Android Open-Source Project (AOSP), but Amlogic powered Khadas VIM3 and VIM3L have recently been added to the official devices page which makes them the first AOSP reference boards with a dedicated NPU / AI accelerator.

Khadas VIM3 & VIM3L Android Reference BoardsAs a quick reminder, Khadas VIM3 is the most powerful board with an Amlogic A311D hexa-core Cortex-A73/A53 processor with up to 4GB RAM and 32GB flash, and Khadas VIM3L is the light version with an Amlogic S905D3 quad-core Cortex-A55 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB flash.

Since both are now Android reference board, developers can get the source code directly from AOSP project’s git repository to build an image with the bleeding edge version of Android:

  • Get the source code:
  • Prepare the build:
  • and build the image for Khadas VIM3
  • or Khadas VIM3L

Then you’ll be able to flash the image to the board using fastboot.

The AOSP website only gives the basic information for building the Android image, the Linux kernel, and flashing it to the SBC, so if you need more details you should still head over to Khadas’ Wiki. [Update: It was brought to your attention that BayLibre was involved in making this happen in close partnership with both Khadas & Google]

Khadas VIM3 and VIM3L can be purchased on Aliexpress with the price starting at $62.99.

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3 years ago

widora sent a congratulatory message

3 years ago

thanks from khadas team!

3 years ago

It’s well deserved, these are high quality boards with a lot of features and a very good support. Congrats to the Khadas team!

3 years ago

I don’t use Android much.
But this is great news for the Khadas team. They deserve this for their good work.
Opens another can of developers flocking to the VIM’s.

Alexey Roslyakov
3 years ago

Kudos Khadas!

3 years ago

it’s 99.99 instead of 62.99

3 years ago is $75, which is the same comparing to Aliexpress after shipping

3 years ago

Amlogic S905D3 seem to be the SoC in “Chromecast with Google TV”. Therefore Khadas board might be selected as the development board for Amlogic SoC.

Khadas VIM4 SBC