Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the latest product in the popular Raspberry Pi range of computers. It offers ground-breaking increases in processor speed, multimedia performance, memory, and connectivity compared to the prior-generation Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, while retaining backwards compatibility and similar power consumption. For the end user, Raspberry Pi 4 Model B provides desktop performance comparable to entry-level x86 PC systems. This product’s key features include a high-performance 64-bit quad-core processor, dual-display support at resolutions up to 4K via a pair of micro-HDMI ports, hardware video decode at up to 4Kp60, 2GB/4GB/6GB of RAM, dual-band 2.4/5.0 GHz wireless LAN, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and PoE capability (via a separate PoE HAT add-on). The dual-band wireless LAN and Bluetooth have modular compliance certification, allowing the board to be designed into end products with significantly reduced compliance testing, improving both cost and time to market.
Broadcom BCM2711, quad-core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz
2GB/4GB/6GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM
2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
True gigabit ethernet
2 × USB 3.0 ports, 2 x USB 2.0 Ports
Fully backwards compatible 40-pin GPIO header
2 × micro HDMI ports supproting up to 4Kp60 video resolution
2-lane MIPI DSI/CSI ports for camera and display
4-pole stereo audio and composite video port
Micro SD card slot for loading operating system and data storage
Requires 5.1V, 3A power via USB Type C or GPIO-Not included
PoE (Power over Ethernet) enabled (requires PoE HAT-not included)
The faster 1.5GHz 64-bit quad-core CPU on the Raspberry Pi 4’s Cortex A72 SoC, coupled with the up to 4GB LPDDR4 RAM give performance comparable to entry-level x86 desktop PCs. You’ll see significantly faster boot speeds, and much better performance for CPU-heavy tasks like emulation and media centre usage; much snappier all round!
The Raspberry Pi 4 moves to USB-C power meaning that you’ll need a new USB-C power supply that can supply 5V at 3A. We’ve got a couple of different options: a worldwide USB-C power supply, and the official Raspberry Pi power supply.
Significantly faster IO
The Raspberry Pi 4 has two USB 3.0 ports, for up to 10x faster transfer speeds than USB 2.0, perfect for connecting fast peripherals like SSDs and flash drives. There are also two USB 2.0 ports for connecting less speed-dependent peripherals like keyboards and mice.
The ethernet jack on the Raspberry Pi 4 moves to true gigabit speed, for super-speedy wired networking and, as with the Raspberry Pi 3 B+, there’s Power-over-Ethernet capability too (requires additional Raspberry Pi PoE HAT).
4K display support, dual micro-HDMI
There are dual micro-HDMI ports that support up to 4Kp60, to use your Raspberry Pi 4 with much larger displays with crisp, sharp, high resolution. Use the H.265 4Kp60 hardware decoding to watch 4K movies in your favourite media centre distro.
For the first time, you’ll be able to use dual HDMI displays with the Raspberry Pi. This is great for working on a bunch of different tasks at the same time without having to work in tiny windows.
Bluetooth 5.0 and wireless LAN
The new chipset supports Bluetooth 5.0 (from 4.2 on the Raspberry Pi 3 B+) and also dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, like the previous generation Raspberry Pi, for quick wireless networking with less interference and better reception.