Raspberry Pi 4: Powerful as a 2009 laptop or a 2014 smartphone — all for $35!

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:

2009-era Laptop
(HP Envy 13)
2014-era Smartphone
(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
(ARM Cortex-A15)
and DirectX 9_3-capable 3-core GPU
(PowerVR SGX544)
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)
  • Bluetooth
  • Ethernet
  • Wifi
  • Bluetooth
  • Cellular
  • Wifi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • 5GHz wifi
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.

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