finally, we have a good successor to the popular single-board computer. Yes, Raspberry 4 is the single-board pc decent of filling the shoes of Raspberry 3 which was launched 3 and a half years ago. The wait has finally come to an end. We now have a device which follows it’s predecessor in terms of design and form factor but also adds to the performance substantially.
About the new model and why you should be excited…
The new Model not only has everything you need of a computer like USB ports, video output, a processor, RAM, and even GPIO expansion pins fitted into the single board but also supports up to 4 GB of ram and dual 4k display. That is pretty impressive when you consider its form factor and when you pair it with the price its been offered at, it’s a no-brainer. If you are out looking for a budget computer that can handle all your daily activities from browsing the web with a bunch of tabs open, editing documents, juggling spreadsheets Watching HD and 4K media, light gaming, drafting a presentation or other activities, without a sweat, then this is perfect for you. Not to mention the form factor which makes it readily accessible for on the go and its efficiency.
Features and specs of Raspberry pie 4
Let’s start with the obvious. The new Raspberry pie has three versions which start with 1 GB ram, and the other two variants have been 2 GB and 4 Gb ram respectively. It has a new processor, the Broadcom BCM2711 which has four Arm Cortex A72 cores running at 1.5GHz. It is the first to use a 28nm manufacturing process compared to the 40nm chips used by previous Raspberry Pi models. This CPU is said to offer around 3x the performance of its predecessor. It features VideoCore VI graphics, and 4K 60fps video output (or two 4K 30fps outputs) plus HEVC video decode. Other specifications of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B include a Gigabit Ethernet port with PoE (power over ethernet), dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, and dual 4K monitor support. The device now uses LPDDR4 memory with much higher bandwidth.
Like the previous Raspberry device, the new one also starts at 35$ for the 1 Gb variant and price increases 10$ every time you double the ram. It will also offer a kit for the first time with a 4GB Raspberry Pi 4, a case, SD card, two HDMI cables, a keyboard, and a mouse for $ 105. Just add a monitor etc, and you are good to go.
All considered, The Raspberry pie 4 is a substantial upgrade to the previous model and retains its price and form factor. Its a green signal for anyone wanting to get their hands on the new model.