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Raspberry Pi 4 announced with 4K support

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Raspberry Pi 4 announced with 4K support, $35 starting price and up to 4GB of RAM, The affordable computer is now even more powerful. The latest version of the Raspberry Pi is available in 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB RAM variants. This is the first time we've seen multiple versions of the same Raspberry Pi model, and the first time a Raspberry Pi has had more than a gig of RAM. Prices start at the usual $35 for the 1GB RAM version, with the 2GB version costing $45 and the 4GB topping off at $55.

Raspberry Pi claims this fourth-generation single-board computer offers three times the processing power and four times the multimedia performance of the Raspberry Pi 3. It also has two USB 3.0 ports and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, as well as compatibility with earlier Raspberry Pi products. Of course, being a Raspberry Pi, you'll want to buy a Starter Kit that comes with a new USB-C power supply, heatsinks, and everything else you'll need to run the low-powered computer.

Raspberry Pi 4’s improvements over its predecessor the Raspberry Pi 3 B+

  • Quad-core 1.5GHz Broadcom CPU, up from 1.4GHz in the previous model.
  • 500MHz VideoCore VI GPU, up from 400MHz previously.
  • A USB Type-C port for power, rather than Micro USB.
  • Two Micro HDMI ports which can power two 4K monitors at 30fps, or a single 4K monitor at 60fps alongside a 1080p display.
  • Two USB 3 ports and two USB 2 ports, up from four USB 2 ports.
  • A Gigabit Ethernet port which is no longer throttled by a USB interface.
  • Bluetooth 5.0 rather than 4.1.
  • Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
  • A microSD storage card with a theoretical maximum transfer rate of 50 Mbps, up from 25 Mbps.
  • A 40 pin GPIO connector with support for three more interfaces; I2C, SPI, and UART.

The Raspberry Pi 4 is available starting today with either 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB of RAM for $35, $45, and $55, respectively. 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.

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