Allwinner H8 is a SoC octa-core (Cortex-A7) launched in the fourth quarter of 2014 and aimed primarily at game consoles and TV Box but, despite its “maturity”, few companies have chosen this chip for their devices. Better late than never: Merrii Technology and Cubietech decided, recently with an announcement came after hours, to update their own board with this processor.
Hummingbird is H7 that Cubieboard 5, then, are two development boards based on SoC Allwinner H8 2 GHz with PowerVR SGX544 graphics and already official. H7 Hummingbird comes with 1GB of DDR3 memory with 4GB eMMC storage expandable with a microSD card slot or SD up to 32GB, while Cubieboard 5 has 2GB of DDR3 RAM with eMMC NAND Flash or expandable with a microSD card slot and a port SATA. Connectivity between the two boards is very similar: both networks support dual-band 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Ethernet (but only in Cubieboard 5 is a Gigabit Ethernet), as well as various USB 2.0 ports (as many as 3 in H7 Hummingbird and 2 in Cubieboard 5), HDMI, DisplayPort and audio jack (only in Cubieboard 5). And even the dimensions are roughly the same, 111 x 90 x 15 mm H7 Hummingbird and 110 x 80 x 14 mm for Cubieboard 5.
In practice, Cubieboard 5 seems to have the same form factor and specifications CubieTruck Plus (or Cubieboard 3): in addition to the updated processor (Allwinner A20 dual-core Allwinner H8 octa-core), the company has replaced the door VGA connector DisplayPort. This means that most of the available accessories for Cubieboard 3 will be compatible with Cubieboard 5, including CubieTruck Metal Case.
On the software front, H7 Hummingbird is sold with Android 4.4.2 preinstalled although Merrii Technology can provide an image Linux + Qt 3.4 and the source code is available for all customers. It must be said that in the past, the company has not shone for user support USA (at least for private / hobby) and it is unlikely that the situation has changed, unlike the Chinese seem very active forum. CubieTech however does not provide details on the OS supported by Cubieboard 5 although it is very likely to be the same as CubieTruck Plus (Cubieboard 3) or Android, CubieEZ, Linaro Ubuntu and Debian.
Unlike Cubieboard 5, we do not know yet the availability and prices, H7 Hummingbird is already on sale at about $ 90.