At the end of last year the Raspberry Pi Foundation launched Raspberry Pi 3, while Asus is now hitting it off in 2017 with the release of a strong competitor for the Single Board Computer (SBC). Even though Asus does not have a product page for Asus 90MB0QY1-M0EAY0 Tinker Board on their official website, the SBC is available in the UK through a Farnell page starting with January 20.
There have been rumors before about the Tinker Board, but now the full details about the product have been revealed. And they are quite impressive, especially if you want to build a home media system with the help of Raspberry Pi 3.
For sure, the Asus Tinker Board is more powerful than the Raspberry Pi 3, and the company targeted on purpose people who are excited aout the SBC, but need more power than the Pi 3 offers. And in the end, the Tinker Board definitely wins when it comes to power, since it offers a faster processor, a better connectivity and some impressive video and audio decoding capacities.
Regarding the price, you can get the Raspberry Pi 3 for $35, the same amount you have to pay for Raspberry Pi 2 too. On the other hand, for an Asus Tinker Board you have to take out of your pocket $68 at Farnell (which is £55 including VAT). If you care more about the price, then you should just choose Raspberry Pi 3.
All in all, it seems that the Raspberry Pi 3 is quite a decent product for an affordable price, so if you are a beginner or simply someone who wants something basic but powerful, this is the right choice for you. However, if you want to go for the best and to enjoy amazing sound and graphics, and also have the required budget for that, you should choose Asus Tinker Board.