The Raspberry Pi 4 is a huge upgrade over the prior model
The improved chipset isn’t the only upgrade.
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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