Raspberry Pi is launching a new configuration of the Pi4, featuring whopping 8GB of RAM. The new, highest-end configuration for the Pi 4 will cost you R1,308.
The 8GB configuration is essentially the same single board computer as its predecessors, featuring the same ports, ARM-based CPU, WiFi, and Bluetooth that we’re all use to seeing, but with a lot more RAM. This upgrade in RAM means you’ll have more scope to experiment and explore with applications that require a lot of memory, like streaming for example.
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The company says that it has been working on an 8GB variant for a while, but it took longer than expected as an LPDDR4 RAM package with 8GB had to be specifically designed for the Raspberry Pi.
In terms of software, the Raspberry Pi team has began work on creating a 64-bit version of Raspbian. Raspbian still makes uses of the 32-bit LPAE kernel and a 32-bit userland but needs to make the switch to 64-bit to take full advantage of the 8GB of RAM. However, you can still install Ubuntu or Gentoo on a Raspberry Pi.