Radxa renews its Rock Pi line with an interesting new model

Radxa renews its Rock Pi line with an interesting new model

CNX-Software reported that Radxa has announced that it has updated its line of Single Board Computers equipped with Rockchip SoC and integrated eMMC memory, Rock Pi 4, with two new models that will clash with the popular Raspberry Pi range.

Here are the complete technical specifications of Rock Pi 4 Plus:

hex-core Rockchip OP 1 big.LITTLE CPU (2x ARM Cortex-A72 clocked up to 2.0GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 capable to reach the maximum frequency of 1.4GHz) with Mali-T864 GPU MicroSD card slot Socket M.2 for SSD NVMe HDMI 2.0a with support up to 4K resolution at 60Hz Camera connector (possibly the official Raspberry Pi camera) Gigabit Ethernet with PoE support (Model B and additional HAT required) Dual-band 802.11ac WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.0 (Model B) Two USB 3.0 ports Two USB 2.0 ports 40-pin GPIO Real Time Clock USB-C PD Two models will be available at launch Rock Pi 4 Plus, Model A and Model B, which can both be configures ti with 2GB of LPDDR4 memory and 16GB of onboard eMMC or 4GB of LPDDR4 memory and 32GB of onboard eMMC memory. According to the Aliexpress price list, the main difference between the two is that the Model B offers support for wireless connectivity and POE via HAT. Rock Pi 4 Plus will ship with the operating system created by the Twister OS community, which has found some success as an alternative to the Raspberry Pi OS.

Radxa said these new models will be 11% faster than the their predecessors thanks to the OP1 SoC, although it is not clear how they manage to deliver superior performance. The company could use the RK-3399Pro, which adds a 2.4 TOPS NPU to the base SoC, but this would not coincide with the company's claim that "the OP1 offers faster performance on both CPU and GPU" on the new ones. models.

All original Rock Pi 4 accessories will be compatible with Rock Pi 4 Plus. The new models are expected to be available on AliExpress, Allnet and Amazon, but currently online stores only offer the Rock Pi 4 Plus Model B.

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