Raspberry Pi 4 Launched With Much Better Hardware and More Ports

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched its fourth miniature budget computer called the Raspberry Pi 4. This new pocket desktop has the same form factor and $35 starting price as its predecessor. Raspberry Pi 4 is not an iterative improvement over its predecessor, it’s a radical re-imagining.

For starters, it comes with 4 GB RAM which is 4 times higher than any of the previous Pi, topped with a faster CPU, GPU, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and twice the number of HDMI outputs.

Moving on to the technicalities, the most obvious upgrade is the CPU. This time Raspberry Pi 4 comes with a quad-core CPU which has four Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 1.5GHz instead of a Cortex-A53 ticking at 1.4GHz. Hence, this model provides three times higher performance.

It also has a new VideoCore VI GPU that can power up to two 4K displays with its dual micro-HDMI ports and can handle 4K/60fps HEVC video playback.

The pocket desktop comes with three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and has USC type-C charging rather than MicroUSB. On top of this, it also supports Bluetooth 5.0.

As mentioned, the pricing of this pocket desktop is pretty reasonable. Prices of different variants are

  • 1GB RAM ~ $35
  • 2GB RAM ~ $45
  • 4GB RAM ~ $55