Over the last seven years the Raspberry Pi has become hugely popular among tech enthusiasts. They've come up with all sorts of clever and innovative uses for the pocket-sized mini-PC. However, with the recent introduction of the all new and seriously beefed up Raspberry Pi 4, this miniature computer is about to become more popular than ever.
For those who don’t know the Raspberry Pi origin story, the Raspberry Pi Foundation originally created the device as an inexpensive way to teach kids how to code. Given that purpose, size, versatility, and a low price tag all took precedence over raw computer power. So what they came up with was a single credit-card sized circuit board that ran a stripped down version of Linux.
Again, the idea behind Raspberry Pi was to make sure kids all over the world had access to computers. Nobody expected anybody else to take an interest in these low-tech computers. However, once computer programmers and hobbyists got wind of it, they realized its size, versatility, and low cost actually made it the perfect solution for a number of everyday computing tasks. And pretty soon they started coming up with all sorts of amazing alternative uses for the Raspberry Pi, including custom remote controls for drones, retro video game consoles, digital media centers, home network servers, VPN hosts, and even multi-platform smart home hubs that work with the Alexa, Nest, and Google Home platforms.
When it comes to performance, Raspberry Pi has always been pretty limited. In fact, if it weren’t limited, it wouldn’t be so versatile. However, that hasn’t stopped the Raspberry Pi foundation from trying to add a little more zip. And their latest version has some pretty significant upgrades that make it the fastest, most powerful Raspberry Pi yet.
For comparison, here’s a side-by-side look at the specs of the Raspberry PI 3 B+ and the specs of the all new Raspberry Pi 4:
Raspberry Pi 3
Raspberry Pi 4
|1.4 GHz quad core processor||1.5 Ghz quad core processor|
|1 GB of RAM||up to 4GB of RAM|
|400 MHz Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)||500 MHz GPU|
|4 USB 2.0 ports||2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports|
|330 Mpbs ethernet port||gigabit ethernet port|
|2.4 / 5.0 GHz wireless||2.4 / 5.0 GHz wireless|
|Bluetooth 4.1||Bluetooth 5.0|
|micro USB power port||USB-C power port|
|single HDMI port with a max video resolution of 2400 x 1600||two micro HDMI ports with resolutions of 4K and 1080p|
For those that are having trouble making sense of all that, basically the new Raspberry Pi 4 has a faster processor, faster GPU, more and faster RAM, faster USB ports, faster wired internet connection, more advanced Bluetooth connectivity, faster microSD card reader, more HDMI connections, and higher video resolution.
Naturally, the Raspberry Pi 4 uses a bit more power than the Raspberry Pi 3. But not much.
The best part about the new Raspberry Pi 4, however, is that the starting price stays the same. The 1GB version still starts at the insanely low price of $35. Meanwhile, the jacked up version with four times the RAM is only $55.
So what are you waiting for? Get your Raspberry Pi 4 today and start exploring all the new possibilities.
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