The Raspberry Pi4 Model B pictured above is by far the fastest Pi in the cyber cafe. Wait, are cyber cafes still a thing? Anyway, the I/O has definitely been upgraded to meet the compatibility standards of our current technological landscape. It doesn’t have every possible port imaginable, but it’s an SBC (Single Board Computer), so there’s no way it should. Also getting a boost is the Cortex A53 CPU (Raspberry Pi 3), as well as the RAM threshold. Let’s take a quick look at the new specs.
The unit still has four usb ports, however, two of those have been upgraded from 2.0 to 3.0. That’s a huge improvement for obvious reasons, but if it isn’t obvious, than just know that the blue ones are faster. I’m not being condescending either. Most people really aren’t familiar with those subtle tidbits of tech knowledge. The Ethernet port has also made the transition to the new board. The power is now supplied via a USB-C port, as opposed to the micro-usb from the last iteration. There are options for the RAM this time around. Consumers can choose from 1GB-4GB of DDR4 RAM. The audio jack has also not changed since the Pi3.
Did you catch it? Well, if you’re familiar with the Pi3, than you’ve surely noticed the replacement of the single HDMI with the dual micros. According to the manufacturer, they are capable of 4k output. Hell, according to them, the Pi4 offers “desktop perfromance comparable to entry-level x86 PC systems.” Along with their commitment to support: H.265 decode for 4K60p, H.264 1080p60 decode and 1080p30 encode, and OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics, as well as planning to produce units until January 2026. The GPIO 40-Pin Header is back with backwards compatibility built-in. The device still features dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi, however, the Bluetooth has been upgraded to 5.0. The MIPI CSI or Camera Serial Interface has also made a reappearance.
There are a few things to note, especially for first time Pi guys and gals. The Raspberry Pi 4 requires a Micro-SD for storage. You will need one to store and run programs, as well as your OS (Operating System [Windows, Linux, etc.]) off of. Be sure to have one on hand, buy one, or buy a kit that includes one. Don’t worry about not using the 40-Pin GPIO, that’s for advanced users who could program this thing to cook breakfast. Buy the all-in-one kit to ensure that you have everything that you need to fire it up. For advanced users, the Pi4 offers up a world of cool hacking opportunities. So it seems that there are quite a few reasons to pick up the new Pi, but our favorite is the price! They range from $35-$55. Please note, however, that these are the price of the SBCs not accessory kits. Check out the gallery below and let us know:
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