This morning the Raspberry Pi Foundation took the wraps off of their next generation hobbyist project computer, the Raspberry Pi 4. The eagerly anticipated update to the Raspberry Pi lineup – which is actually arriving a bit ahead of schedule due to some good fortunes in SoC development – offers a significant upgrade to the family thanks to its new 28nm Broadcom SoC, which among other things incorporates a more powerful quad Arm Cortex-A72 CPU cluster. The single-board computer is available now, and like its predecessors, prices start at $35.

Long a favorite for tinkers, makers, and anyone else looking for a project board or a simple computer, the Raspberry Pi family has been around since 2012. Its last full update was in 2016, when the Foundation released the Raspberry Pi 3. In the intervening three years the technology landscape has changed a fair bit, and so has the underlying hardware of the Pi. While still based on Broadcom SoCs, the new Pi incorporates Broadcom’s BCM2711, a 28nm SoC with a quad Cortex-A72 setup along with the company’s VideoCore VI GPU. While the GPU remains nothing to write home about – the Raspberry Pi Foundation prioritizes an open GPU first and foremost – the CPU upgrade is far more interesting. This update replaces the old Cortex-A53 CPU cores with cores from Arm’s much faster high-performance line of out-of-order execution cores. As a result, even with a clockspeed of just 1.5GHz, the Pi 4 is a good deal faster than the Pi 3, not to mention faster than even some mid-range smartphones.

Raspberry Pi
  Raspberry Pi 4
SoC Broadcom BCM2711

4x Cortex-A72
@ 1.5GHz

VideoCore VI
@ 500Mhz
DRAM 1/2/4GB LPDDR4
Storage microSD
Networking 1x Gigabit Ethernet
802.11ac
BT 5.0
USB 2x USB-A 3.0
2x USB-A 2.0
Video Output 2x HDMI 2.0 Type-D
GPIO 17 Pins
Power USB-C (Suggested: 15W, 5.1V/3A)
Dimensions 85.6mm x 56.5mm x 17mm
Price 1GB: $35
2GB: $45
4GB: $55

I/O has also received a much-needed upgrade for the latest Pi. The new SoC brings with it USB 3 support, giving the platform access to SuperSpeed USB data rates for the first time. HDMI support has been similarly bumped to 2.0 (meaning 4K output support), and fittingly, the board can now decode H.264 and H.265 video (another first) at resolutions up to 4K. Networking performance has been upgraded as well with the addition of a full-speed Gigabit Ethernet port, and joining the 802.11ac radio is support for Bluetooth 5.0.

All told, the Foundation is selling 3 different versions of the Raspberry Pi 4, depending on the memory configuration. The $35 model comes with 1GB of LPDDR4, while 2GB and 4GB models are available for $45 and $55 respectively. Which in the case of the latter two models is a significant shot in the arm for the board, as now they have two to four times the memory to play with.

Meanwhile, our sister site Tom’s Hardware already has an early review out, confirming much of what you’d expect from the Raspberry Pi 4 based on the specifications. CPU, memory, and storage performance are all greatly improved over past models, though power consumption has gone up a bit in the process.

Source: Raspberry Pi Foundation

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  • mode_13h - Monday, June 24, 2019 - link

    Home media streamer/server. That's what mine does. Reply
  • nandnandnand - Monday, June 24, 2019 - link

    Stream video/audio, listen to it with Bluetooth 5 headphones. Reply
  • micahmoorenabob - Monday, June 24, 2019 - link

    Didn't a guy just hack NASA with one or something... Reply
  • mode_13h - Monday, June 24, 2019 - link

    I think it was a Pi on the network that was hacked, and then presumably used as a stepping stone for hacking other machines on the network. Reply
  • mode_13h - Monday, June 24, 2019 - link

    Just goes to show that you need to keep your Pi patched, and beware of what networks you connect it to (either unsecured, or then transitioning it to a secured network).

    Also, use good passwords or secure your keys, if you enable SSH logins.
    Reply
  • csutcliff - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - link

    AFAIK they said the Pi itself was unauthorised. This could be taken to mean someone physically planted a Pi in order to get remote access to the network. Alternatively I could see it being some engineer's "unauthorised" pet project that got forgotten about and hijacked. Not sure which would be easier to pull off, but my instinct says bribing a janitor vs gaining remote access to a machine you don't know exists that's undoubtedly behind a firewall. Reply
  • mode_13h - Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - link

    As I implied, another scenario is that the engineer had the Pi on an unsecured network (perhaps at home), at which point it got hijacked.

    Or, even if the Pi was always on a secured network, perhaps its security updates weren't promptly applied and it got hijacked via browser or some similar exploit.
    Reply
  • zodiacfml - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - link

    Same. I went to multiple sites but can't find any useful projects for me. I would have love this back then as a NAS and/or HTPC solution but I don't need those capabilities anymore and plenty of alternatives for most applications. Reply
  • koaschten - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - link

    https://pi-hole.net/ - best I did for my sanity while websurfing at home. Reply
  • zodiacfml - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - link

    interesting suggestion. i'll probably run this through ubuntu while double as network storage for my IP camera. thanks Reply

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