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Raspberry Pi 4 revealed: It's a massive upgrade for the same price

Between a huge power upgrade and dual monitor support, the Raspberry Pi 4 isn't an incremental update by any stretch.

Published onJune 24, 2019

The Raspberry Pi 4.

The Raspberry Pi series is arguably responsible for accelerating the single-board computer sector, giving people a capable computing platform for a cheap price. Now, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the Raspberry Pi 4, and it’s a big upgrade over the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

The biggest Raspberry Pi 4 upgrade is arguably in the chipset (BCM2711), as we’ve now got four Cortex-A72 CPU cores. This is a massive step up from the Model B+, which offered power-sipping Cortex-A53 CPU cores. In fact, the foundation says you can expect a 3x performance boost over the old chipset. We also see a RAM upgrade from LPDDR2 to LPDDR4 with the new model. 

Video-related specs include a VideoCore VI GPU, 4K/60fps HEVC video playback, and dual-monitor support up to 4K (via two micro HDMI ports). The latter is a pretty big improvement over the previous model, which didn’t easily support dual monitors.

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Connectivity options have also been upgraded over the older model. The Raspberry Pi 4 now offers two USB 3.0 ports (in addition to two USB 2.0 ports), USB-C for power instead of microUSB, and Bluetooth 5 instead of Bluetooth 4.2. 

The Raspberry Pi 4 starts at $35 for the 1GB RAM version, $45 for the 2GB option, and $55 for the 4GB variant. The starting price is the same as the Raspberry Pi Model B+, so you’re getting loads of additions without paying anything extra. Keen to buy one? Then you can check out the listing via the button below.

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