The Raspberry Pi 4 has been announced, and on paper, it’s impressive — especially when you that the starting price has stayed the same at $35. While specs won’t tell you the whole story, the Raspberry Pi 4’s numbers seem to put it on par with a laptop or smartphone that you (or your parents) may still have and may even still be using.
Here are the Raspberry Pi 4’s specs, side-by-side with those of the HP Envy 13 laptop (from 2009) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone (from 2013/2014). The Pi’s numbers are either at least as good as, if not better than those of the laptop and smartphone:
(HP Envy 13)
(Samsung Galaxy S4)
|2019 Raspberry Pi|
|Processors||1.6 GHz dual-core CPU
(Intel Core 2 Duo SU9600)
and DirectX 10-capable 16-core GPU
(ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330)
|1.6 GHz quad-core CPU
and DirectX 9_3-capable 3-core GPU
|1.5GHz quad-core CPU (ARM Cortex-A72)|
|Active Memory||2GB DDR2 RAM||2GB LPDDR3 RAM||1GB, 2GB, or 4GB LPDDR4 RAM|
|Storage||250GB 4500 RPM hard drive||16, 32 or 64GB solid state storage||MicroSD cards, which start at 16GB and go as high as 512GB|
|Display||1600 * 900||1080 * 1920||4K (3840 * 2160)|
|Powerful enough to run a proper and complete port of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City?||Yes||Yes
||This is just me speculating, but: Probably.|
It may be an “Internet of Things” device in form and price, but in terms of what it can do, it’s a desktop computer.
The 1GB model sells for $35, the 2GB for $45, and the 4GB for $55, and for a little more money, you can get it in kit packages that include a case, keyboard, mouse, and more.
- Raspberry Pi Blog: Raspberry Pi 4 on sale now from $35
- TechCrunch: The Raspberry Pi Foundation unveils the Raspberry Pi 4
- TechRepublic: Raspberry Pi 4: This thing is a PC, says board’s creator Eben Upton. This article doesn’t compare PC specs to the Raspberry Pi 4’s specs, but extra context like this is why you’re here at Global Nerdy, right?
- Ars Technica: The Raspberry Pi 4 launch site runs on a Pi 4 cluster. That’s right — the launch site is powered by 18 Raspberry Pi 4 devices!