The features and design have changed, but the reliability and the advanced processing capability are all the well-known new Raspberry Pi 4, housed in the new Pi-Top . The popular platform has come out with a portable design with expanded connectivity, scalability, and increased processing capabilities. It boasts an OLED display in a mini-PC form-factor that the company has announced will go on sale on Kickstarter.
The SBC industry is seeing a general increase in features and processing ability. Added device connectivity, especially in multimedia capability. The Pi-Top  is no exception. The laptop version of Pi-Top is still a viable computer with many features for an SBC footprint. The new Pi-Top  mini-PC has expanded RAM, increased ports, and comes with an inventor’s kit.
The Pi-Top  comes with a roster of accessories that include; sensors, LED’s, and potentiometers to get those just beginning their journey on the path of invention, off the ground. There is a foundation plate included that attaches to the bottom of the mini-PC and allows the Pi-Top  to connect to those accessories.
Included with the standard model
- 16GB microSD Card
- Power Supply
- Ethernet Cable
- Hex Key
- One Year Warranty
The Pi-Top  comes with an array of upgraded specifications; the unit is based on the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, that is part of an SBC running a Broadcom BCM2711 SoC that carries a 4-core Cortex-A72 that clocks at 1.5 GHz. A significant speed increase over earlier RPi’s. There are four USB ports; two are USB 3.0, while the micro-USB on the earlier models is now a USB Type-C. The mini-PC comes with 4GB RAM, standard.
The company is letting it be known, that with the increase in processing speed, and expanded features, the Pi-Top  can easily attach to a keyboard, mouse, a display and even another computer. There are four fully programmable buttons on either side. The Pi-topOS includes such features as a dedicated social platform, named “Further”, where users can share designs, and projects as well as code and other data or information.
The Pi-Top  has no release date yet or a price, but the company has announced that when it does come to market, it will be offered on Kickstarter. More details may be found on the product page.
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