Raspberry Pi 4 vs Pi 3 – What are the differences?

Raspberry Pi 4 vs Pi 3 B+
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So now that the Raspberry Pi 4 model B has just been launched, it may be worth checking out the differences against the previous latest single board computer from the Raspberry Pi foundation, namely Raspberry Pi 3 model B+.

Let’s get straight to the Raspberry Pi 4 vs Pi 3 B+ comparison table.

Features/Specs Raspberry Pi 4B Raspberry Pi 3 B+
Release date 24th June 2019 14th March 2018
SoC Broadcom BCM2711
quad-core Cortex-A72 @ 1.5 GHz
Broadcom BCM2837B0
quad-core Cortex-A53 @ 1.4 GHz
GPU VideoCore VI with OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0, 3.0 VideoCore IV with OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0
Video Decode H.265 4Kp60, H.264 1080p60 H.264 & MPEG-4 1080p30
Video Encode H.264 1080p30
Memory 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB LPDDR4 1GB LPDDR2
Storage microSD card
Video & Audio Output 2x micro HDMI ports up to 4Kp60
3.5mm AV port (composite + audio)
MIPI DSI connector
1x HDMI 1.4 port up to 1080p60
3.5mm AV port (composite + audio)
MIPI DSI connector
Camera MIPI CSI connector
Ethernet Native Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet over USB (300 Mbps max.)
WiFi Dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 + BLE Bluetooth 4.2 + BLE
USB 2x USB 3.0 + 2x USB 2.0
4x USB 2.0
Expansion 40-pin GPIO header
Power Supply 5V via USB type-C up to 3A
5V via GPIO header up to 3A
Power over Ethernet via PoE HAT
5V via micro USB up to 2.5A
5V via GPIO header up to 3A
Power over Ethernet via PoE HAT
Dimensions 85×56 mm
Default OS Raspbian (after June 24, 2019) Raspbian (after March 2018)
Price $35 (1GB RAM), $45 (2GB RAM), $55 (4GB RAM) $35 (1GB RAM)

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has done a pretty amazing job here with adding the extra performance (CPU up to three times faster), and plenty of new features (4K, GbE, USB 3.0..) while keeping the same price tag for the board with 1GB RAM. Some of the features I don’t see advertised and are present on some of the competing boards include HDR (High Dynamic Range) and VP9 video decoding.

Now some of you may ask: “Wait? A comparison without benchmarks? Where are the benchmarks?” To which I reply those are coming as I’m expecting a Raspberry Pi 4 board in a few hours…

[Update: See Raspberry Pi 4 Benchmarks and mini review]

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