Radxa releases Rock Pi 4 Plus development board with eMMC storage and faster soc

Chinese company Radxa has released a new version of its Rock Pi 4 single board computer. This Plus variant gets, among other things, a faster soc, and contains integrated eMMC memory on which an OS can be installed.

The Rock Pi 4 Plus will include a Rockchip OP1-soc. That’s a new version of the RK3399 chip, clocked eleven percent higher, CNX Software notes. This chip contains two Cortex-A72 cores at 2GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores at 1.5GHz. In the old variant, these cores had clock speeds of 1.8GHz and 1.4GHz respectively.

Furthermore, the Rock Pi 4 Plus eMMC storage is included. Radxa currently offers a variant with 2GB and 16GB storage, and models with 4GB Lpddr4 memory with 16GB, 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of eMMC storage. Previous variants of the Rock Pi 4 already had an eMMC socket, but did not ship with such memory. According to company, the suggested retail price will remain unchanged. For example, a 2GB variant with 16GB eMMC storage would cost $ 49. By default, Twister OS is installed on the eMMC module. That’s an Armbian-based Linux distribution, which uses the Xfce desktop environment. Users can also install Android 9.0, Debian, or Ubuntu Server.

Other specifications remain unchanged. The SBCs have an RJ45 connection for gigabit ethernet, a 3.5 mm jack for audio, HDMI 2.0, a USB 3.0 connection and two USB 2.0 connectors of type A. The Rock Pi 4 Plus also has a microSD. card reader, a GPIO header, and an M.2 connector with support for NVMe SSDs. Rock Pi 4B Plus variants will receive support for Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0.