Raspberry Pi 4 released: Complete specs and pricing
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)
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.
The good and the bad
- 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
- 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.