Raspberry Pi 4 brings new GPU, USB 3.0, 4K

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This is the first Raspberry Pi to be advertised as a "complete desktop computer".

Raspberry today announced the release of its latest tiny single-board computer, dubbed Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. The new model is a significant upgrade compared to the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ that was launched in March past year, even though its design may suggest otherwise.

Internally, the SoC has been upgraded to a quad-core Arm Cortex-A72 processor running at 1.5GHz and with a Broadcom VideoCore VI graphics processor - the first model in Raspberry Pi history not to use the ageing Broadcom VideoCore IV.

The Raspberry Pi 4 is available today starting at $35 (the same price as the Raspberry Pi 3) and will be offered in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB variants.

A desktop Kit priced at $120 also contains an official mouse and keyboard, a pair of HDMI cables, an updated Beginner's Guide, and a pre-installed 32GB microSD card.

Finally, all the projects that are based on previous Raspberry hardware will be compatible with the new hardware, so you can definitely go for the upgrade. The Raspberry Pi 4 with its much better graphics/display setup can even drive two displays via micro-HDMI connections.

There is still a commitment to continue to supply Raspberry Pi 1B+, 2B, 3B, and 3B+ models as long as there is demand. These are created to be more affordable but the foundation has stated that there is now no way to sensibly scale down the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B enough to achieve a lower price.

"The vision behind Raspberry Pi 4 is to make a rich multimedia PC experience accessible to everyone", Upton said. Another notable upgrade is the addition of two USB 3.0 ports, supporting up to ten times faster data transfer speeds.

While the low price of the Raspberry Pi has always been a big selling point for the product, it's worth mentioning that the $35 starting price doesn't include sales tax or, more importantly for those of us outside of the United Kingdom where the Pi comes from, import or shipping fees.

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