The Raspberry Pi, a longtime staple of DIY tech projects, has finally received an upgrade. The Raspberry Pi Foundation revealed the fourth model of their small circuit board this morning, and it’s for sale effective immediately.
The Raspberry Pi 4, like the other models, is a card-sized board that comes packed with ports — in this case two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, one HDMI, one Micro SD, an audio port and an Ethernet jack. Its CPU is three times as powerful as the previous Pi, and this one comes in three different versions depending on how much RAM you’re looking for — up to 4GB.
- A 1.5GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU (~3× performance)
- 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB of LPDDR4 SDRAM
- Full-throughput Gigabit Ethernet
- Dual-band 802.11ac wireless networking
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports
- Dual monitor support, at resolutions up to 4K
- VideoCore VI graphics, supporting OpenGL ES 3.x
- 4Kp60 hardware decode of HEVC video
- Complete compatibility with earlier Raspberry Pi products
The Raspberry Pi 4 retails for the same price as the previous three — $35 — but it actually depends on which RAM model you’re looking for. The 2GB model raises the price to $45 and the 4GB bumps it up to $55.
Is the Raspberry Pi now powerful enough to take the place of a desktop computer? Definitely not. But its extra juice will make a lot more possible for its most common use — an emulation box. You can expect the Raspberry Pi 4 to support later-generation consoles models 3 and below didn’t have the horsepower to mimic….as soon as the code is written (and that shouldn’t take long).
You can find the Raspberry Pi 4 on the official website, and the sites of authorized resellers.