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The Raspberry Pi 4 is a huge upgrade over the prior model

The improved chipset isn’t the only upgrade.

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Image: RaspberryPi.org

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the latest in its line of low-cost, single-board computers, with the Raspberry Pi 4.

This version claims three times the power of the prior model, while also adding dual-monitor support.

The Raspberry Pi is still king of the low-price one-board computers

I’ve owned Raspberry Pi’s since the first version, using them for everything from media streamers to emulators to low-cost NAS storage controllers. They’ve always been capable, but due to the relatively low-powered CPU cores – underwhelming for anything more than basic tasks.

The Raspberry Pi 4 excites me, as with the chipset upgrade to the BCM2711, it now comes with four Cortex-A72 CPU cores. Those are the same CPU cores as in SoCs like the Kirin 950 (which powers the Honor 8), and offer a 3-times performance boost over the chip powering the last Raspberry Pi.

Other specs include:

  • LPDDR4 in either 1GB ($35), 2GB ($45) and 4GB ($55) variants
  • VideoCore VI GPU that allows for 4K/60fps HEVC video playback
  • Two micro HDMI ports for dual-monitor use
  • Two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports
  • USB-C for power
  • Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band AC wireless and gigabit ethernet

They’ve available today, from one of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s approved resellers. Get out there and start making!

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Maker, meme-r, and unabashed geek with nearly half a decade of blogging experience at KnowTechie, SlashGear and XDA Developers. If it runs on electricity (or even if it doesn't), Joe probably has one around his office somewhere, with particular focus in gadgetry and handheld gaming. Shoot him an email at joe@knowtechie.com.

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