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posted by martyb on Monday January 10, @02:37PM   Printer-friendly

ROCK5 Model B RK3588 single board computer is up for pre-order for $79 and up

Some will say "finally!" After years of waiting for [the] Rockchip RK3588 processor, ROCKPi Trading Limited/Radxa got some samples for their ROCK5 Model B single board computer and has started to take pre-orders with discounted prices starting at $79 through distributors.

But let's check out the specifications first, with the octa-core Cortex-A76/A55 Pico-ITX SBC shipping with up to 16GB RAM, M.2 NVMe storage, 2.5GbE, optional WiFi 6E, 8K video output via HDMI or USB-C ports, 4K HDMI input, and more.

[...] So how much does the board cost exactly? Those are the standard prices:

  • $129 with 4GB RAM
  • $149 with 8GB RAM
  • $189 with 16GB RAM

This is getting quite close to Intel hardware, but ROCK5 Model B has some features not found in most platforms at that price including HDMI input, MIPI CSI camera interfaces, GPIO header, and 2.5GbE.

But as mentioned in the introduction you can get the board for as low as $79 by pre-ordering the board. To get this price, you'll need to pay a $5 deposit (called R3 code "Radxa ROCK5 Redeem") to reserve the board, and then you'll be able to get a $50 discount on the prices above, meaning $79 for the 4GB version, $99 with 8 GB RAM, and $139 for the model with 16GB RAM. This is only valid for one board, and the R3 code is refundable at any time before shipping if you decide you don't want to[sic] board anymore.

Beware the VAT.

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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @11:05PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @11:05PM (#1211637)

    You pay VAT both if you buy in a shop or directly. Manufacture location does not matter.

    The issue is that the shop handles the paperwork, or more probably a company does for many shops, so it adds a small bit only and is well know; the sticker has no hidden surprises: VAT, import duties if any, and paperwork fees, all is there. But if you order directly the post office or the courier will milk you, and you have no idea how much until they say "the money or the package gets it". Sometimes they misread the classification (HS / TARIC codes) or fuck up in other ways like applying it to the shipping cost. Anecdata, but I have seen it, and trying to get 10 euros back would be a waste of time. IMO they charge a high % for being a excuse to not have to travel to some remote warehouse yourself, as they take no resposability for anything anyway.

    It should be a "dutty office - customer" relation without extra fees and with options to be ultra smooth instead of physcally based if you want (all digital option: bill to email then pay at estate website with card or do a bank transfer, eg, no visit of remote warehouses, or pen and paper things), but I am sure they lobbied to get in the middle instead of making the estate more efficient (my relation with the courier was also digital until the box was delivered).

    For small transactions (up to 150 euros including shipping, IIRC, so pretty much 100-120 euros, or so, items), foreign companies can handle the paperwork before shipping (DDP, Delivered Duty Paid), removing the courier extortion. That is new as before there was no such plan (IOSS, Import One Stop Shop), but sometimes small packages were not inspected anyway (depended on country, mine checked mostly... because money for the post company). For bigger things, you get hit with the ransom, same than the past. This is not only an EU thing, UK decided to implement something similar.

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