The Raspberry Foundation unveils this morning its new little all-purpose motherboard. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is expected to deliver desktop performance comparable to entry-level x86 computers, according to the manufacturer, all at a price starting at just over €37. The device is built around a Broadcom BCM2711 system-on-chip, equipped with four 64-bit cores clocked at 1.5 GHz. The basic model is equipped with 1 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, but you can choose between 2 GB and even 4 GB.
The motherboard has four USB ports: two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0. Two HDMI ports are present in order to connect as many 4K 60 FPS monitors. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is capable of decoding H.265 in 4K/60 FPS, there is also support for OpenGL ES 3.0.
A microSD slot handles storage, while the Model B supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac, 2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, and an embedded Gigabit Ethernet port Power is supplied through the USB-C port or the standard Raspberry Pi 40-pin GPIO port.
Features significantly more powerful than the Raspberry Pi 3, which offered a Cortex A53-based processor (versus Cortex A72 for the new model), and did not go beyond 1GB of RAM. Pi 3 also had a micro-USB port for power and a single HDMI port, among others.
The great interest of the Raspberry Pi, besides its great flexibility, is also its price. This new model is available from €37.95 (1 GB RAM); the 2 GB version is sold for €48.95, the third (4 GB) is also available for €58.95, all from Kubii, the official distributor in France. Where you will also find a bunch of accessories, including a case (€5.95) and an official power supply (€8.52).