8 GB Raspberry Pi 4 is Now Available

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a new version of the Raspberry Pi 4 that includes 8 GB of RAM, for $75. This is now the most powerful configuration of the tiny single-board PC, but it comes with a major—if temporary—caveat.

“Raspberry Pi 4 is almost a year old, and it’s been a busy year,” Raspberry Pi Foundation founder Eben Upton writes in the announcement. “We’ve sold nearly 3 million units, shipped a couple of minor board revisions, and reduced the price of the 2 GB variant from $45 to $35 … While we launched with 1 GB, 2 GB, and 4 GB variants, even at that point we had our eye on the possibility of an 8 GB Raspberry Pi 4 … today, we’re delighted to announce the immediate availability of the 8 GB Raspberry Pi 4, priced at just $75.”

The 8 GB variant of the Pi 4 is otherwise technically identical to the previous versions, and the 2 GB and 4 GB versions are both still available. And as Upton notes, the ARM-based BCM2711 chipset used by all Raspberry Pi 4s is capable of addressing up to 16 GB of RAM, so it’s possible there will be another new model in the future, too.

But there is one issue with the 8 GB Pi4: Raspbian, the Linux-based operating system that the foundation supplies for its Pi single-board PCs, is 32-bit, so it can’t easily address all that RAM. For now, Eben suggests using the Ubuntu or Gentoo Linux variants for the Pi 4, since they are 64-bit. But the foundation plans to release a 64-bit version of Raspbian soon, too, and there’s a beta version available today. They’re also renaming the OS, to Raspberry Pi OS.

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  • chrisltd

    Premium Member
    28 May, 2020 - 10:17 am

    <p>Meanwhile, you can still buy new Microsoft Surface devices with 4 GB of RAM ?</p>

    • michael.hendricks

      28 May, 2020 - 11:51 am


      <a href="#543267">And boy am I so thankful that we can. The 4GB version of the Surface is the device of choice for our 1-to-1 program at our school. Price is always a concern for our student families ( and 4GB is all they need to do their schoolwork. The Go is just way too small for practical work, but the 4GB m processor or i3 is perfect for schools. The 4GB Surface 3 from a few years ago was also great for our 5th-12th grade program.</a></em></blockquote><blockquote><br></blockquote><blockquote>Looking forward to getting my hands on one of these Raspberry Pi devices and playing around with what I can do with it!</blockquote><blockquote><br></blockquote><blockquote><em> </em><a href="#543267"><em>In reply to chrisltd:</em></a></blockquote>

  • techreader

    28 May, 2020 - 11:08 am

    <p>Paul, can you compare the performance of Ubuntu on a Raspberry Pi 4 to an i3 with the same amount of RAM? I realize that the storage speed might affect some things, but I’m interested in how this processor compares to other Intel processors. I have thought about getting a Raspberry Pi for a few applications but then have thought about buying an 8-year-old used i3 laptop instead. I like the size and power consumption of the Raspberry Pi. </p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      29 May, 2020 - 8:46 am

      Maybe. I am thinking about getting a Pi 4 now that there’s an 8 GB version.

      • harrymyhre

        Premium Member
        06 June, 2020 - 12:58 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#543631">In reply to paul-thurrott:</a></em></blockquote><p>I saw some demoes of a pi running dual 24” monitors and the thing looked fine to me. I’m tempted. </p><p>but I am so used to the portability of a laptop and smartphone. I don’t want to go back to being tied to a desktop. Not unless I get paid to sit at a desk. </p>

  • Stewy13

    28 May, 2020 - 4:55 pm

    <p>I've been meaning to buy one of these since the 2nd generation but just never got around to it. This may be the model I finally pull the trigger on. Good summary, thanks :)</p>

  • siv

    28 May, 2020 - 5:17 pm

    <p>Just ordered mine today!</p>

  • erichk

    Premium Member
    30 May, 2020 - 12:43 pm

    <p>I bought a Pi 3 last year and set up RetroPie on it for old Apple ][ disks, Commodore 64, etc. Cool stuff.</p>


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