GB Raspberry Pi 4 is Now Available

Yolanda Curtis
May 29, 2020

It provided unbelievable specs in the all-familiar credit card-sized presentation and proved to be a well-received successor to the Raspberry Pi 3.

When the Raspberry Pi Foundation launched the Raspberry Pi 4 past year it described it as a "complete desktop computer", but the truth is it isn't powerful enough to run numerous tasks you'd use a desktop computer for, even if you opted for the 4GB model. For comparison, the 4GB model is $55, so you're paying $20 more for double the RAM.

"Raspberry Pi 4 is nearly a year old, and it's been a busy year", Raspberry Pi Foundation founder Eben Upton writes in the announcement. Earlier this year, the Raspberry Pi Foundation replaced the 1GB Raspberry Pi 4 with the 2GB Raspberry Pi 4 while keeping the same price point. Now that the part exists, though, this version can be released. This incurred a three month delay due to COVID-19 disrupting the supply of required inductors. "We think the new name will help more people feel confident in using our computers and our software", the Raspberry Pi Foundation says. At least it didn't until now, as the team has released an early 64-bit beta of its own OS, which will probably have its fair share of bugs initially (that will be eventually ironed out).

Today however, the Raspberry Pi 4 gets an upgrade with a new 8GB version joining the ranks.

On the software front, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has started working on a 64-bit version of Raspbian, the operating system created to run on a Raspberry Pi. The team is now calling its Debian-based OS "Raspberry Pi OS", by the way, but users can choose to install other GNU/Linux distributions ported for ARM64 such as Ubuntu or Gentoo.

The 8GB version is available to buy today, priced at $75. It also means you'll be able to have more browser tabs open at once.

Now available for $75, the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B with 8GB of RAM is the priciest Raspberry Pi Computer to date.

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