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A new version of the Raspberry Pi has been released, and it's an incredible upgrade over the older model, the Raspberry Pi 3 model B+.

The new Pi named Raspberry Pi 4 Model B offers ground-breaking increases in processor speed, multimedia performance, memory, and connectivity compared to the prior-generation.

Raspberry Pi has long been the gold standard for inexpensive single-board computing, powering everything from robots, ad-blocking, smart home devices and multimedia-setups to digital kiosks and much more. The long-anticipated update, the Raspberry Pi 4 takes Pi to the next level, with performance that’s good enough to use the Pi 4 as an entry level desktop PC with dual monitors, or a powerful server. Also the ability to output 4K video at 60 Hz makes it a perfect streaming-box for the TV.

From the founders blog post:

We have a surprise for you today: Raspberry Pi 4 is now on sale, starting at $35. This is a comprehensive upgrade, touching almost every element of the platform. For the first time we provide a PC-like level of performance for most users, while retaining the interfacing capabilities and hackability of the classic Raspberry Pi line.

The Raspberry Pi 4 specs

  • CPU: Broadcom BCM2711, Quad core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5 GHz
  • RAM: 1GB, 2GB or 4GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM (depending on model)
  • Wi-Fi: Both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11ac wireless
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
  • Ethernet: Gigabit, not limited like previous (meaning it's real gigabit-fast)
  • USB:  2 USB 3.0 ports; 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • GPIO header: Raspberry Pi standard 40 pin
  • HDMI: 2 x micro-HDMI ports (up to 4kp60 supported)
  • Display port: 2-lane MIPI DSI
  • Camera port: 2-lane MIPI CSI
  • Audio: 4-pole stereo audio and composite video port
  • Storage: Micro-SD card slot for loading operating system and data storage
  • Video-chips: H.265 (4kp60 decode), H264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode), OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics. 500 MHz VideoCore VI
  • Max Resolution: 4K 60 Hz + 1080p or 2 x 4K 30 Hz
  • Weight: 0.1 pounds (46 grams)

Key-features

Pi 4 key features include a new awesome high-performance 64-bit quad-core processor, dual-display output via two Micro HDMI ports, up to 4K resolution, hardware video decoding at up to 4Kp60 and encoding at up to 1080p30, up to 4GB of RAM, dual-band 2.4/5.0 GHz wireless LAN, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and PoE capability.

Network: Real gigabit improvements

The Ethernet controller now provides full throughput due to a dedicated Broadcom PHY over a RGMII link. I've tested it, and it's performing like a real gigabit-device. Finally, no more embarrassing network speeds, like the previous Pi-models.

New power supply

Due to the higher power requirements, the Raspberry Pi 4 now requires a 3A USB-C power supply. It's not included in the box, but if you have an existing power supply that's rated at 3.0A or higher, you can use this, otherwise Raspberry will sell a new Pi 4 Compatible Power Supply.

Performance

One word: Wow!

The good and the bad


PROS

  • Much faster than prior Raspberry Pis, now on par with competition
  • USB 3 Ports
  • Ability to output 4K video at 60 Hz
  • Dual-monitor support
  • Same $35 price-tag
  • Multiple models from 1 GB RAM up to 4 GB

CONS

  • Some software doesn’t work at launch
  • Poor high-res video playback (may be fixed with software)

Raspberry Pi 4 model pricing

Raspberry Pi 4 prices as per model:

  • 1GB RAM model – $35
  • 2GB RAM model – $45
  • 4GB RAM model – $55

You can order RPi4 online here.