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The new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B boasts of new hardware upgrades, with PC-like level of performance

By Wong Chung Wee - on 26 Jun 2019, 11:40am

The new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B boasts of new hardware upgrades, with PC-like level of performance

Image source: Raspberry Pi Foundation

The new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is on sale now for only US$35. It boasts of new hardware upgrades, with PC-like level of performance.

It’s also the first time choice of memory capacities, i.e., the entry-level model with 1GB of LPDDR4 RAM will cost US$35, 2GB RAM will increase the single-board computer’s price to US$45, and 4GB, the largest memory option available, will increase its price to US$55.

Image source: Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B still looks very similar to the earlier generations of Raspberry Pi boards. At a glance, the new single-board computer is powered by a 64-bit 1.5GHz quad-core Broadcom BCM2711 ARM Cortex-A72 CPU. The more powerful ARM 72 cores make the new Pi 4 about 50% faster than the previous Raspberry Pi 3B+.

Another improvement is its support for true gigabit Ethernet as the connection is no longer piped over USB 2.0. Instead, the Ethernet controller of the ARM SoC is to a Broadcom PHY chip over a dedicated RGMII link to provide full-throughput gigabit Ethernet. For wireless connectivity options, there’s dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0, which is an upgrade from Bluetooth 4.2.

The new USB Type-C power connector (Image source: Raspberry Pi Foundation)

There are hardware changes to its power connector as the board now sports a USB-C one. This will allow an extra 500mA of current to ensure full 1.2A for connected USB devices.

The pair of Type C HDMI connectors (Image source: Raspberry Pi Foundation)

The old HDMI Type A connector has been replaced by a pair of HDMI Type C connectors.

Image source: Raspberry Pi Foundation

The engineers have tried to keep most of the board’s connectors and mounting holes layout the same in order to ensure compatibility to most accessories. Do visit this link for the full specifications.

Image source: Raspberry Pi Foundation

Last of all, the foundation is shipping an “overhauled” operating system to support Raspberry Pi 4. Based on the Debian 10 Buster release, the new OS boasts of a modernized UI and updated applications.

Head here to place an order for the new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B.

Source: Raspberry Pi Foundation (1), (2), (3)

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