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Photos: What is the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B? A closer look at the new board and what it can do

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The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the first generational leap for the tiny computer since 2016 and arrives a year earlier than many expected.

The new board is a significant upgrade over the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, offering a faster machine with more memory and support for dual displays.

The bump to the processing power of the Raspberry Pi firmly seals its credentials as a credible low-cost computer for everyday use, with Raspberry Pi 4 handling web browsing and office tasks as well as a budget laptop. As a low cost computer designed for kids to code their first applications, it's never felt better.

One change you will notice is that the Raspberry Pi 4 breaks the Pi's longstanding $35 ceiling. While the base model is still available for $35 with 1GB RAM, it's also available with 2GB memory for $45, and 4GB memory for $55.

Click through the gallery for a guided tour of all the new features on the board.

By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.