Radxa’s Rock Pi 4 Plus single-board computers resemble the Raspberry Pi. However, they employ but uses Rockchip RK3399 Hexa-core processors instead of Broadcom BCM2711 quad-core processors. The Rockchip RK3399 has been phased out in favour of the Rockchip OP1. It features a more powerful SoC that is also known as the RK3399 OP1.
The company now is offering the Rock Pi 4 Plus, which employs a speedier version of the chip and includes eMMC storage pre-loaded with a Linux-based operating system called Twister OS, eliminating the need for SD cards or other storage devices. The Rock Pi 4 Plus uses the RK3399 OP1 processor. Hence, the new Rock Pi 4 Plus should be around 11% quicker than its predecessors.
Types of Rock Pi 4 Plus
At launch, the Rock Pi 4 Plus includes two types of models. Model A with 2GB of LPDDR4 memory with 16GB of onboard eMMC storage. And, Model B with 4GB of LPDDR4 memory with 32GB of onboard eMMC storage. Each version of the Raspberry Pi Model B computer is of the same size at dimensions 85 x 54 mm (approximately the same size as a credit card). The Model B+ computers come with Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0, whereas the Model A+ models don’t.
The new Rock Pi 4 Plus comes pre-loaded with Twister OS Armbian lightweight desktop OS. This OS is based on Armbian Focal 20.04.1 LTS (aarch64) for Rockchip RK3399-based SBCs, rather than relying on an extra eMMC slot.
In addition to the 2-lane MIPI-DSI and -CSI, the SBC has a native GbE port. It includes a pair of USB 3.0 and 2.0 connections, and a 4K-ready HDMI 2.0 port. Additionally, including an audio jack with a mic, an RTC, and a USB Type-C port for charging. The SBC has a temperature range of 0 to 80°C and a 5.5-20V input.
Radxa’s Rock Pi 4 Plus includes a Micro-SD card reader and an M.2 socket with support for the NVMe SSD storage. Additionally, it features a 40-pin GPIO extension header with a little computer. The devices should be compatible with other operating systems like Debian, Yocto, Armbian, and Android that operate on the original Rock Pi 4.
Radxa wants to sell the Rock Pi 4 Plus in four different configurations, according to Linux Gizmos. However, at inflated pricing, the Rock Pi 4 Plus is already available on Amazon. Orders placed on Amazon will not begin arriving until July 31.
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