Raspberry Pi 4
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. © The Raspberry Pi Foundation.
The Raspberry Foundation unveiled a major new upgrade of its miniature computer. While the new Pi 4 Model B keeps the dimensions and entry-level price of its predecessor (USD35), it is three times as powerful, thanks to its 1.5GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 SoC (Broadcom BCM2711). The basic model has 1GB of RAM, but a 2GB (+USD10) and 4GB (+USD20) variant are also offered. New to this version are two USB 3.0 ports and dual 4K monitor support (2 type-D HDMI connectors) via a Broadcom VideoCore VI 500MHz GPU. The power connector is now USB-C (instead of USB micro-B), since the new SoC is more power-hungry. You can purchase a new power supply (5V/3A, USD8) or a micro B USB to USB C adapter (USD1) if you want to re-use a Pi 3 power supply. The new OS is based on Debian 10 Buster. Of note, many Python libraries and other packages are not compatible with the new OS (yet?). For USD140 (CAD160 at BuyaPi.ca), you can get the Raspberry Pi 4 Desktop Kit, which includes a 4GB Model B Pi 4, a keyboard, a mouse, 2 micro HDMI/Standard HDMI cables, a power source, a case, a 16GB microSD card with the Raspbian OS (NOOBS) and, of course, the paper version of the Official Raspberry Pi Beginner’s Guide.
Pi 4 B Benchmarck. © Tom’s Hardware.
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⇨ Raspberry Pi Foundation, “Raspberry Pi 4.”
⇨ Tom’s Hardware, “Raspberry Pi 4 review: the new gold standard for single-board computing.”