Welcome back everyone to another video, and we finally have a Dragonboard 410c courtesy of Seeed Studio who were kind enough to send one in for review, link to their store in the description down below.
First let’s take a look at some quick unboxing and the specs…
I personally quite like the box itself including the graphics on top and the black and orange color accent, opening it up reveals a “ getting started guide” with all of the io labeled out, then we finally come to the star of the show, the Dragon board 410c wrapped around in it’s anti static bag. Unwrapping that reveals the actual board.
If the board looks similar, that is because it is a part of the 96boards family and shares its design with the hikey960 and the mediatekX20 as will all the other Consumer Edition 96boards.
On the front of the blue boards we have two rf shields the bigger one housing the actual SoC which is, of obvious reasons, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC. Powered by a quad-core cortex-a53 cpu clocked at 1.2ghz immediately reminds us of the Raspberry Pi3, more on that later.
We also have the 8GB emmc and the 1gig of RAM inside the same rf shield.
And inside the second we have the wifi, bluetooth and gps chipset.
On the back there is not a whole lot much apart from a usb hub, the bit switches for boot select and the big copper square is how the dragonboard dissipates heat from its soc… nice!
Another thing keen eyed amongst you might notice, that the dragon board actually has a very well labeled pcb which might not seem much but definitely helps while looking for something specific.
As you can probably see on one of the usb ports, the board comes preloaded with Android, so let’s go ahead and boot it up….
Android on the Dragon board boots with one of the coolest logo I have ever seen, It comes preloaded with Android lollipop 5.1
That’s about it for the android side of things for now, we’ll talk more about it on a future video.
For now let’s move on to Linux, the installation procedure is fairly straightforward. Burn the .img file to an sd card, insert the sdcard, set the boot mode to sd and boot the dragonboard 410c. Select install, wait for it to install and then reboot.
The dragonboard comes with Linaro’s build of debian based on the Debian 9, which was released just a few months back and features the 4.9 linux kernel, again I am a big fan of SBCs using a fairly recent kernel and this definitely checks the box.
Apart from that one big advantage is that this OS comes with an Open Source GPU driver for the adreno 306 gpu and it works well and it pretty stable… again more discussion and benchmarks in a future video.
Finally let’s discuss raspberry pi 3 vs dragonboard 410c… briefly,
Although the dragonboard does cost almost double with similar specs to the pi 3 there are lot more features, some of them are on the face like GPS, onboard emmc storage and a better GPU. Other are hidden like the fact that the snapdragon 410c is made on a 28nm manufacturing node and opposed to the 40nm of the bcm2837, that means slightly better performance, much less heat generation and much less power consumption.
Most of the boards that do compete with the raspberry pi 3 in performance or cost usually lack community and documentation, which the dragonboard and other 96boards sbc can go directly head to head with.
On that note, This is it for todays video I hoped you enjoyed it and stay tune for more comparisons, benchmarks and projects related to the Dragonboard 410.
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