Well, now the Raspberry Pi Foundation has renewed its hardware. There’s a new board out, the Raspberry Pi 4. This SBC (Single Board Computer) has blossomed after the success of the Raspi, and many other manufacturers have taken advantage of the wave to create their own similar boards with the original or with some changes, better performance, new features, etc. But the original Raspberry Pi is still the queen.
For about $35, you can buy the new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. It is likely that soon other derivative models will appear as well as their predecessors. You now have a USB-C socket for power, 2x micro HDMI ports with support for two monitors or 4K displays, 2x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 ports, also an Ethernet port. Other features such as 40 GPIO are maintained for your projects.
As for the RAM, you can now choose between different capacities with 1, 2 and 4 GB. The processing chip has also been replaced by a more powerful one. It is rare that they have chosen to take the RAM out of the SoC… to give the possibility to choose between several capacities while keeping the same SoC SPEC, but it is actually a good idea to satisfy the different needs of the users.
The core chip is now a Broadcom BCM2711 with a 1.5 Ghz ARM Cortex-A72 CPU and quad-core processing. It also features a more powerful GPU with 4K support and promises support for H.265 multimedia for 4K60p, H.264 1080p60 and 1080p30, supporting the OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics API. So you can expect more performance and agility to run the vast number of distributions and operating systems available.