Today we have the long-awaited PCB Raspberry Pi 4 Model B in the news that includes large improvements compared to the previous model and also maintains its price. The new points of this expected PCB highlights especially its new Broadcom BCM2711 processor that includes powerful CPU cores ARM Cortex-A72 and its two compatible video outputs now if with resolutions 4K60fps. New features very demanded by all the followers of this PCB that surely will have a great success.
Development board or TV-Box?
If we compare it with a classic Android TV-Box it is necessary to be clear that we are talking about a development board and therefore its function is intended for users wanting to configure it and buy extras. The motherboard format of this type has no box, has no remote control, does not have Android specifically configured to use it as a TV-Box, does not have integrated eMMC as storage (the SDCards are much slower) and does not have DRM for streaming services like Netflix. Also keep in mind that this model maybe have a limited VPU, soon we will perform a detailed review to check this aspect. If we are interested in something simple to use from the first second take a look to our recommended TV-Box list.
SoC, RAM and storage
The new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B includes a Broadcom BCM2711 Quad Core SoC with ARM Cortex-A72 processors capable of reaching 1.5 GHz and a VideoCore VI GPU with support for OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0, 3.0. At the RAM level we have versions with 1/2/4GB LPDDR4 and a slot for microSD storage cards.
The new Raspberry Pi 4 at the connectivity level includes 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0, two microHDMI 2.0 with 4K@60fps video output, a USB Type-C for power, 3.5mm AV jack, MIPI-DSI connector, a native Gigabit ethernet port and the usual 40-pin retro-compatible connector with all versions of Raspberry. It also includes WiFi dual band AC and Bluetooth 5.0 + BLE.
Price and availability
- The PCB Raspberry Pi 4 can be purchased shortly from about $35 (€31) in its version with 1GB of RAM.