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Not something we usually cover here, but it's a fun bit of hardware news. The Raspberry Pi 4 is now official and it's out and ready to pick up.

Interestingly, they also overhauled their home-grown Raspbian Linux OS, as it's now based on Debian 10 Buster. To go along with this, their original graphics stack is being retired in favour of using the Mesa "V3D" driver developed by Eric Anholt at Broadcom. They say it has allowed them to remove "roughly half of the lines of closed-source code in the platform" which is a nice win.

Here's the breakdown of the hardware:

  • A 1.5GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU (~3× performance)
  • 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB of LPDDR4 SDRAM
  • Full-throughput Gigabit Ethernet
  • Dual-band 802.11ac wireless networking
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports
  • Dual monitor support, at resolutions up to 4K
  • VideoCore VI graphics, supporting OpenGL ES 3.x
  • 4Kp60 hardware decode of HEVC video
  • Complete compatibility with earlier Raspberry Pi products

You can see their quick announcement video below:

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The price still sounds great too, especially now with different RAM options (price may be slightly different in various shops stocking them):

  • 1GB - $35/£34
  • 2GB - $45/£44
  • 4GB - $55/£54

For those who love to tinker, it really sounds like a great little unit. I've still never picked one up but I've always wanted one to play with. Sounds like my wait was worth it, might have to set one up as a little media centre of some sort. The additional performance should be quite interesting for gaming too, could also make a good streaming unit with the Steam Link App for Raspberry Pi.

You can read their full announcement here.

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Praxach 24 June 2019 at 11:49 am UTC
HoriYay! Finally!
A worthy upgrade for my Retropie / Kodi box

And thanks to the USB3 + full gigabit ethernet maybe I can finish my cloud storage project

That is exactly what I was thinking. Now with these specs I can retire an old PC that I use for a HTPC & NFS.
pb 24 June 2019 at 12:42 pm UTC
I guess I've held off getting one of these long enough. Bought one. :-)
emphy 24 June 2019 at 1:19 pm UTC
finaldestI didn't know they were so cheap

I have never used one but I may now look into getting one to use as an emulator at those prices. I have also seen a few sweet custom cases on YouTube that are build to fit so may get one of these also.

Thanks for the heads up.

Make sure that those cases' designs caught up with the new pi's layout.
haiku 24 June 2019 at 3:03 pm UTC
Well 55$ + 10$ for the case + 5$ for the alimentation + 10$ for the SD.. ~roughly 80$
For a bit more you can find more powerfull & capable NUC
Dunc 24 June 2019 at 3:18 pm UTC
Oooh, that looks good. I have a few Pis scattered around the place (mostly idle, it has to be said), but still never got around to buying a 3. Might just skip that version altogether.
wvstolzing 24 June 2019 at 3:45 pm UTC
haikuWell 55$ + 10$ for the case + 5$ for the alimentation + 10$ for the SD.. ~roughly 80$

The lowest configuration at ~€75 has no RAM or SSD, though. When you start adding those in, prices start climbing up very quickly.

Also, what's the hardware compatibility situation with these NUCs? At least on the RPi, you can be confident that with Raspbian you won't run into any issues.
Alloc 24 June 2019 at 4:36 pm UTC
haikuWell 55$ + 10$ for the case + 5$ for the alimentation + 10$ for the SD.. ~roughly 80$
For a bit more you can find more powerfull & capable NUC
What about power consumption?
Ardje 24 June 2019 at 5:02 pm UTC
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Still no eMMC?
Dragunov 24 June 2019 at 5:05 pm UTC
I absolutely Love these things! I've bought the R-PI 1B+ , R-PI 2B, the R-PI 3B, and the R-PI 3B+. Definitely adding this to the collection.

I personally dislike the Raspbian OS though, I would prefer Vanilla Debian. Right now i'm using Ubuntu Mate.
I'm also running one connected to my TV as a Media Center/Streamer running Kodi.

You just can't beat the price and Utility of these things, sooo many uses.

I don't think there's any thing wrong with covering this Liam, I mean they run Linux and you can Game on them. Perfect fit.

Don't forget guys! The new Raspberry Pi 3 B+ and the Raspberry Pi 4 support booting directly from a USB Hard Drive or SSD, I could really care less about EMMC.

Last edited by Dragunov at 24 June 2019 at 5:23 pm UTC
haiku 24 June 2019 at 5:29 pm UTC
wvstolzingAt least on the RPi, you can be confident that with Raspbian you won't run into any issues.
I run my home server on a chinese nuc, no problem since years... It's an x86
ArdjeWhat about power consumption?
Celeron J1900 10W/N3510 7,5W add a bit much for ram and ssd..

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