New Raspberry Pi 4 arrives with slew of upgrades, starts at $35

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The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is powered by a Broadcom BCM2711 chip, which uses four ARM Cortex-A72 cores running at 1.5GHz. It also features true Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, USB-C for the power brick, and two micro-HDMI ports that support two 4K displays. There’s also dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.0 (up from version 4.2).

Other specs include a microSD card reader and a 40-pin GPIO header, which is compatible with existing add-on boards. With all its upgrades, the Raspberry Pi Foundation claims the latest model is on-par with "entry-level" x86 PCs.

For the first time, different SKUs with varying amounts of LPDDR4 RAM will be available, with the cheapest, 1GB variant going for just $35, a 2GB board for $45, and a 4GB product for $55.

Those who want the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B with a keyboard, mouse, microSD card, casing and a book of projects can grab the full set for $120.

Raspberry Pis have proved incredibly popular for home DIY creations such as media centers, VPN servers, and much more, so we can expect this new, more powerful model be just as well-received.

You can find out more about the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, including where to buy one, at the Foundation’s website.

Full Specs:

  • Broadcom BCM2711, Quad-core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz
  • 1GB, 2GB or 4GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM (depending on model)
  • 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports; 2 USB 2.0 ports.
  • Raspberry Pi standard 40 pin GPIO header (fully backward compatible with previous boards)
  • 2 × micro-HDMI ports (up to 4kp60 supported)
  • 2-lane MIPI DSI display port
  • 2-lane MIPI CSI camera port
  • 4-pole stereo audio and composite video port
  • H.265 (4kp60 decode), H264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode)
  • OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics
  • Micro-SD card slot for loading operating system and data storage
  • 5V DC via USB-C connector (minimum 3A*)
  • 5V DC via GPIO header (minimum 3A*)
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled (requires separate PoE HAT)
  • Operating temperature: 0 – 50 degrees C ambient

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mcborge

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Ooh nice a new Pi. Shame about the mini HDMI ports though. I know costs have to be kept down but those ports are so easy to break.
 

Kibaruk

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Time to build a cheap NAS that can host external USB hard drives.
This was all I could think while I was reading the article, gigabit ethernet, 4gb of ram and 2 USB 3.0 ports, I was just checking for NAS solutions... of course this won't be that robust but will definitely do for home sharing of non-critical stuff.
 
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trparky

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This was all I could think while I was reading the article, gigabit ethernet, 4gb of ram and 2 USB 3.0 ports, I was just checking for NAS solutions... of course this won't be that robust but will definitely do for home sharing of non-critical stuff.
Yep, throw Windows 10 IoT edition on it and you have a good cheap little NAS for Windows File and Printer Sharing.
 
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mcborge

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Not as easy as you might think. They are on the durable side.

I'm waiting for an Android install for it and then this will be my new Mini HTPC and EMU system.
Nice, I already have a NUC for HTPC duties. I want a Pi 4 purely for running RetroPi and some full on Amiga emulation.
 
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Aderf

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This was all I could think while I was reading the article, gigabit ethernet, 4gb of ram and 2 USB 3.0 ports, I was just checking for NAS solutions... of course this won't be that robust but will definitely do for home sharing of non-critical stuff.
Yep, throw Windows 10 IoT edition on it and you have a good cheap little NAS for Windows File and Printer Sharing.
or WoA(Windows on ARM) if you want to make it a HTPC/Media Server/Home Streaming Client
 

Danny101

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It's finally reaching the point that it can maybe pique my interest. But I still would like a bit more power though.
 

mbrowne5061

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And it finally has a PCIe bus in the reference design. Get ready for those SATA hats everyone, they're definitely coming.