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Your New 35 dollar PC: The Raspberry Pi 4 with 4K support and upto 4GB of RAM


Raspberry Pi has gained massive applications in the tech industry. It’s one form of hardware that has extensively used by people from different perspectives to help make their DIY perks a success. Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the new mini Computer that has been unveiled by Raspberry.

It features notable improvements over the last generation model. Raspberry Pi 4 comes with eight ports out of the box; two micro-HDMI ports with 4K support, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a true Gigabit Ethernet and USB-C port for the power brick.

Other specs include a dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 which is an upgrade from Bluetooth version 4.1 in the last gen Raspberry Pi 3. There’s also a microSD card reader.

On the processor side, Raspberry 4 features Broadcom’s BCM2711 chip that utilizes four ARM Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 1.5GHz. With all due improvements to the maximum, Raspberry should function the same as an entry-level x86 based PC.

This year’s version is a bit expensive than the Raspberry Pi 3.0 launched last year. However, with the new upgrades on-board, there is nothing to complain about. Raspberry 4 uses the LPDDR4 RAM and comes in three variants; 1GB, 2GB and 4GB RAM model. The cheapest goes for $35 that’s the 1GB variant while a board stacked with 2GB will cost you $45, and the 4GB one goes for $55.

For those who may need a full set; inclusive of a mouse, keyboard, microSD card, casing and also a bonus book of projects only need $120.

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Alvin Wanjala

Alvin is a freelance tech journalist. Talk to me via email at alvinwanjala[at]pm[dot]me

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