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This mini PC is like a Raspberry Pi, but with a Core i7 | Digital Trends Spanish

The Raspberry Pi now have a new competitor to worry about. Its about Aaeon PICO-TGU4, a complete computer within a small plate, with the exception that this model is much more powerful (and more expensive) than the traditional Raspberries.

The PICO-TGU4, starting, comes with processors in another range. The options are an Intel Celeron, a Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7, all 11th generation and in system-on-a-chip (SoC). This translates into a smaller chip than the common one and that consumes much less power; without going any further, this processor is from the U family, which traditionally appears in ultrabooks or low-power notebooks.

The motherboard has support for up to 32 GB of RAM memory type LPDDR4X, in addition to HDMI 2.0 output ports, SATA port, m.2 port, two USB, a PCI-e and network port. All that, enough to build a very powerful computer, in a really small space.

But just as powerful, the PICO-TGU4 is also expensive. The version with a Core-i3 processor costs $ 615, while the version with Core i5 comes to $ 950. Aaeon has not yet released the versions with Celeron and Core-i7 processors, but the latter is most likely to rise above $ 1,000.

These prices are much different from what are the traditional Raspberry. The most expensive version of the Raspberry Pi 4, which comes with 8GB of RAM, costs about $ 100, which is much cheaper than the cheaper version of the PICO-TGU4. And to the latter, in addition, we must add the cost of a fan or a heatsink, both recommended by the manufacturer.

One wonders if this type of mini computer can really have some success at this price, taking into account that the Raspberries were created as educational projects to bring programming to children and adolescents, economically.

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