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The Raspberry Foundation unveils the Raspberry Pi 4 – promises a desktop-like performance and ready for 4K videos. The upgrades are available from today.
The current Raspberry Pie 4 model B looks similar to the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. It is a single board computer powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Broadcom processor with H.265 decoding, two micro HDMI ports and up to 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM.
The Raspberry Foundation claims the desktop performance comparable to entry-level x86 PC systems and offers 4k video output at 60 frames per second, which makes it possible to be used as a DIY media hub.
Earlier models were limited to 512MB or 1Gb of RAM for years, now for the first time, you can buy models with more RAM. The base model starts with 1Gb of RAM but if you want you can extend it by buying a 2GB RAM or a 4GB RAM module.
Apart from the raw memory capacity, the memory transfer speeds are also faster. Now the foundation offers LPDDR4, which is faster than the earlier LPDDR2.
There are improvements on the connectivity front as well, now it offers support for Bluetooth 5.0 as well as for two USB 3.0 ports in addition to the usual USB 2.0. While the 802.11ac WiFi and gigabit Ethernet will keep the Raspberry Pi online.
The product will be available at all authorised Raspberry Pi retailers, the base model will cost you around $35, a 2GB RAM model will cost you $45 and the 4GB model will cost you $55.
Raspberry still remains an inexpensive option, maybe it will cost you a few dollars more for the RAM, that’s if you choose to run Windows or other demanding software on it.
It is a simple computer designed to teach kids how to code, and with this release is ideal for kids, parents and makers.