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Raspberry Pi 4 boosts performance, keeps $35 starting price

The affordable computer is now even more powerful.

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Raspberry Pi 4

The new Raspberry Pi 4 packs added power, keeps the same $35 starting price. 

Raspberry Pi Foundation

Raspberry Pi is getting an upgrade. 

On Monday the Raspberry Pi Foundation dropped a new model of its popular Raspberry Pi line. Aptly named the Raspberry Pi 4, the new PC board boasts several significant upgrades. Among them:

  • A new 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU that the group says is three times faster
  • 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB of LPDDR4 SDRAM
  • Two USB-A, full-size USB 3 ports (in addition to two USB 2 ports)
  • Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi AC
  • Two micro HDMI out (as opposed to one full-size HDMI) capable of driving two 4K displays
  • USB-C for power input (as opposed to micro-USB) 

The new computer retains its $35 starting price for the 1GB board (a 2GB board is $45, 4GB is $55), with casing available for an additional $5. A USB-C power supply is available for $8, while those upgrading from an older Pi can buy a $1 micro-USB to USB-C adapter. 

Raspberry Pi 4 casing

A case for the Raspberry Pi 4 costs $5. 

Raspberry Pi Foundation

In addition to the hardware improvements, the Raspberry Pi Foundation says the new PC will have an "extensively modernised user interface" including an updated Chromium 74 web browser. 

The new boards are available to order now.