The Raspberry Pi 4 has already launched around the world but it has been delayed in SA due to it waiting on ICASA’s clearance. Never fear as the device will soon be landing in SA sometime in September 2019 according to ICASA.
The new Raspberry Pi 4 comes in three different models with different RAM sizes across the three devices. The base model ships with 1GB of RAM while the top-of-the-range model has 4GB of DDR4 RAM.
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Raspberry Pi 4 Specs
- Broadcom BCM2711, Quad-core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz
- 1 GB, 2 GB or 4 GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM (depending on model)
- 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
- Gigabit Ethernet
- 2 USB 3.0 ports; 2 USB 2.0 ports.
- Raspberry Pi standard 40 pin GPIO header (fully backwards compatible with previous boards)
- 2 × micro-HDMI ports (up to 4kp60 supported)
- 2-lane MIPI DSI display port
- 2-lane MIPI CSI camera port
- 4-pole stereo audio and composite video port
- H.265 (4kp60 decode), H264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode)
- OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics
- Micro-SD card slot for loading operating system and data storage
- 5V DC via USB-C connector (minimum 3A*)
- 5V DC via GPIO header (minimum 3A*)
- Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled (requires separate PoE HAT)
- Operating temperature: 0 – 50 degrees C ambient
The main features on the new devices include a new Debian Buster 10 which comes with a revamped and cleaner UI, a new Mesa V3D graphics driver with OpenGL support and the updated Chronium 74 web browser.
As for the pricing, you can expect the new devices to start anywhere from R600 all the way up to R1000.
- Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 1 GB @ $35 – +/- R600 after taxes and duties
- Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 2 GB – @ $45 – +/- R800 after taxes and duties
- Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 4 GB – @ $55 – +/- R1000 after taxes and duties
The latest device has been seen as the most comprehensive upgrade since the device’s debut back in 2012. According to Eben Upton, Raspberry founder, the latest device provides a PC-like level of performance for most users and is very much a device for learning about computers as it is a general-purpose computer.