The Raspberry Pi Foundation claims that the newest single-board computer is the first to "replicate the full range of capabilities of a traditional PC."
Raspberry Pi 4 pricing and availability
The Raspberry Pi 4 is available now for $35 (same price as the Raspberry Pi 3) and will be available in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB versions. The optional "Desktop Kit" will bundle the mouse, keyboard, SD card, power supply, chassis and cable. You can purchase the Raspberry Pi 4 from element14 or OKdo.
If you've never heard of the Raspberry Pi, these single-board computers have a variety of uses, from teaching children's valuable STEM skills to helping amateurs create unique gadgets such as DIY web servers, set-top boxes and security cameras. It also allows developers to hone their coding skills using a range of programming languages (from Scratch to Python and C++).
“This is a major development in the entire PC market,” said Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton. “The Raspberry Pi is already one of the best-selling computers of all time. In the fourth quarter of 2018, the Raspberry Pi 3+ and earlier models accounted for the world. 2.5% of the PC market. The improved functionality of the Raspberry Pi 4 should allow us to solve a larger percentage of the market."
Raspberry Pi 4 performance
Raspberry Pi claims that this fourth-generation single-board computer has three times the processing power of the Raspberry Pi 3 and four times the multimedia performance.
The Raspberry Pi 4 will be equipped with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 CPU running at 1.5Ghz, which can decode the high dynamic range 4Kp60 HEVC while driving two 4K screens to power the display or digital signage.
"The vision behind the Raspberry Pi 4 is to provide everyone with a rich multimedia PC experience," Upton said. "By providing the right level of performance for most users, we can achieve this at one-tenth the cost of traditional desktop PCs."
Raspberry Pi 4 new features
The credit-card-sized computer is also said to enable superfast file-transfer speeds, multi-tab web browsing and advanced video and editing. Connectivity has also been improved on the new model, with the debut of Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5 and USB 3.0 support. Some of those features aren't even available on the latest premium laptops.
Best of all, the Raspberry Pi 4 will be backward-compatible, so most of your creations should work without making changes to the new device.