Price of Raspberry Pi 4B with 2GB RAM Drops to $35 Permanently

Raspberry Pi 1 Model B was introduced to the world almost exactly 8 years ago on February 29, 2012, and to celebrate the Raspberry Pi Foundation decided to permanently lower the price of Raspberry Pi 4B with 2GB RAM to $35.

This was made possible due to falling RAM prices. The 1GB RAM version will still be sold for $35 to industrial and commercial customers due to long term support commitments. Sadly, the 4GB RAM version remains at $55, so no discount for this version for now.Raspberry Pi 4B 2GB Price Drop $35

Due to inflation, Raspberry Pi 4B 2G is even cheaper than the first Raspberry Pi 1 since $35 in 2012 is roughly equivalent to $40 now. But more importantly, 8 years make a huge difference in terms of performance and features. The Raspberry Pi Foundation explains the new board is now 40 times faster, has eight times more memory (the very first batch had 256MB RAM), 10 times the I/O bandwidth (Gigabit Ethernet),  four times the resolution (4K vs FullHD), support for dual-screen setup, and dual-band wireless networking.

Many resellers haven’t updated the price just yet, but Raspberry Pi 4B with 2GB RAM will be shortly available for $35 plus taxes and shipping on Adafruit, Pimoroni UK, OKDO Germany, and other resellers. If you prefer purchasing from China, Seeed Studio has already updated their price to $35.

Via RPi Blog

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Other than memory what are the features of the Rpi 4 1GB, that the Rpi4 2GB cannot provide for industrial and commercial customers?

David Willmore
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Thermal or power issues from the marginal increase in useage?

Anonymous
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running out of memory more quickly

David Willmore
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David Willmore

Ahh, yes, the old debugging technique to detect memory leaks. (sarcasm off)

Mookid
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Some companies insist on replacement hardware having the same product code.

willy
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At this price it’s an excellent features/price ratio. I suspect it will force some vendors to abandon a number of outdated SoCs that can’t be competitive at all. Those making cheaper boards will still have a point staying on older boards, but those making comparable boards for more than $35 will have to have compelling arguments (eMMC, crypto extensions, thermal dissipation, SATA, higher RAM bandwidth, or any extra features).

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> At this price it’s an excellent features/price ratio.

It was this even at the old price already. At least when trying to buy SBCs as a business in Europe sourcing from reputable local dealers and not ordering from the other end of the world in the hope declaration is fake so you can avoid customs/tax/VAT and so on.

In DE the cheapest price I get an Rock Pi 4 with 2GB but without WiFi/BT for is 63€ (at innet24.de who share the same postal address with ALLNET for a simple reason). Normal buyers will pay at least 76€ for this variant. When they want WiFi/BT too, it’s 78,50€ at ALLNET’s ‘factory outlet’ or even 94€ for the average buyer. Now compare with RPi 4B (though the Wi-Fi implementation there is just single/onboard antenna).

Speaking of WiFi: I would believe RPi Trading Ltd. guys will provide a new wireless firmware soon to fix the Kr00k flaw while the rest of the SBC world also relying on Cypress/BroadCom wireless chips as usual simply doesn’t give a sh*t and is still vulnerable to BroadPwn discovered 2 1/2 years ago.

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I got my pi4 1GB + power supply + shipping + taxes for 51 EUR last June from kubii.fr, which I find pretty reasonable (they charged only ~5 EUR for shipping). The prices have since increased a little bit there, it should cost roughly 10 EUR more, which means that the 2GB model finally remains at the same price as what I could have got before. But I agree that when you can find a local shop with a correct price it’s better (and it often shortens the shipping time). However local shops are often less interesting for other brands which make less buzz because they have little to no stock and just serve as an intermediary inflating the price :-/

Willy
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I’m even saying bullshit, the apparent price increase is just because on the site they show the price with tax included (38.50 EUR) and I compared it with the price on my invoice (31.63 EUR) so it’s basically the same.

FransM
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If you want to use only 1G on a 2G board you could do so by booting with mem=
(of course there might still be minimal differences since the power consumption and thermal characteristics may be (marginally) different on 1G and 2G boards

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