The new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
Today (24/6/2019), the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced a new board, namely the Raspberry Pi 4 model B.
Raspberry Pi even claims that this board can deliver PC-like performance, while preserving the hackability of the computing board.
The new Pi 4B is thanks to its Broadcom BCM2711, Quad core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz up to 3 times as powerful like the Pi 3.
In addition, it is now also possible for the first time to choose how much RAM you want. Options are:
- RAM 1GB
- RAM 2GB
- RAM 4GB
De Raspberry Pi 3 came with only 1GB of RAM, compared to today's computers and smartphones, that's very little.
It is therefore very nice that you are now 4 times the RAM can choose.
You will now also find not 1 but 2 HDMI ports on the board. These are Micro HDMI ports that allow you to two 4K monitors can connect to.
Many users of the Raspberry Pi 3 wanted to work with 2 monitors at the same time. It is therefore good to see that the Raspberry Pi Foundation has listened to the feedback.
Some interesting points are:
- Dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Gigabit Ethernet
- 2X USB 3.0
- 2X USB 2.0
- Dual 4K monitor support
- 40-pin GPIO Connector
- MicroSD Slot (up to 50Mbps)
- VideoCore VI graphics supporting OpenGL ES 3.x
- 4Kp60 hardware decode or HEVC video
- Fully backward compatible Raspberry Pi products (except housings)
You will now also not find a USB micro-B but a USB-C port for the power connection. This supports an additional 500mA of current so there is a full 1.2A for downstream USB devices even under heavy CPU load.