The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the launch of its newest generation of microcomputer – the Raspberry Pi 4.
The first fourth-generation Raspberry Pi available is the Pi 4 Model B, which the foundation said is a “comprehensive upgrade” from the previous-generation device.
“This is a comprehensive upgrade, touching almost every element of the platform,” the Raspberry Pi Foundation said.
“For the first time we provide a PC-like level of performance for most users, while retaining the interfacing capabilities and hackability of the classic Raspberry Pi line.”
Major upgrades include support for up to 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band Wi-Fi, 4K60 hardware HEVC decode support, and more.
The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B sports a similar hardware layout to its predecessor – the Pi 3 Model B – including a standard 40-pin GPIO header and four USB ports.
A real computer
The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the closest the company has come to developing a fully-functional desktop microcomputer, and it has paired this impressive hardware and form factor with an overhauled operating system.
This new OS is based on the upcoming Debian 10 Buster release and delivers a modern user interface and updated Chromium 74 web browser.
Other improvements include the adoption of the Mesa V3D graphics driver, which offers OpenGL-accelerated web browsing and the ability to run 3D applications in a window.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has also released new accessories for the Pi 4 Model B, including a new case, a USB Type-C power supply, a microUSB to USB Type-C adapter, and micro HDMI cables.
Below are the full specifications of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B.
|Raspberry Pi 4 Model B|
|CPU||Quad-core Broadcom BCM2711|
|RAM||1GB, 2GB, or 4GB LPDDR4|
|Connectivity||802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet|
|Ports||2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 2x micro HDMI, MIPI Mini DisplayPort, MIPI CSI camera port, 3.5mm audio jack|
|Input Power||5V DC via USB Type-C, Power over Ethernet, 5V DC via GPIO header|
South African availability
The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B will be available in three memory configurations in South Africa at the following prices from PiShop:
- Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 1GB – R579.19
- Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 2GB – R744.66
- Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 4GB – R910.14
PiShop co-founder Christopher Zinn told MyBroadband that while the Raspberry Pi 4 had launched globally and it should receive stock during the next few days, the retailer is still waiting for ICASA certification.
This certification process can be a major obstacle when bringing Raspberry Pi devices in to South Africa.
Certification for the Pi 4 Model B was applied for a while ago but retailers are still waiting for approval.
ICASA’s process should take around six to eight weeks, but Zinn previously told MyBroadband that this can often take a lot longer.
“The ICASA process just takes so long that we can’t rely on the 6-8 weeks turnaround time that they quote for certification,” he said.
Once the certification process is complete, the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B will begin shipping to customers. Currently, the three models available on PiShop are listed as out of stock.