We all have made these dreams about a device that comes with things we need and want on board, but the chances to a dream as such to come true is one on a billion, not only because we all individuality need and want different things from our personal computer but because the primary goal of a device like that, is, the "low cost" (*for it's capabilities)...
What if a "low cost" device as such one day become a high end system with both our needs and wants, our dreams and hopes "come true" (*in average)?
"The RaspBerry Pi Model C"
or the RaspBerry Pi that respects not only "us (*the community)" but itself too
May i introduce you to the High End RaspBerry Pi (the wants end the logic behind the needs):
01]Processor: ARM based, "any" Dual Core
(Quad will be faster but more expensive i suppose, the magic is to find the thin line between cost and hardware and do not cross it, a dual core processor will be exactly right at this time i speak...).
02]RAM: 2GB "general DDR"
(The leap from 250mb to 525mb was good but not enough to unlock the capabilities of device like that, the most of the users are programmers, ram is the key of compiling, even android that has no IDE support, has 1 or 2Gb or ram...).
03]Graphic Chip: Dual/Quad Core with Latest OpenGl Support
(It depends on the capabilities of the individual chip, the 720p/1080p/4k play-ability, things move fast in the rest of the world, why don't we?...).
04]LAN: 10/100 AND 1000 of course
(Many people use raspberry as a download center, internet gets faster and faster why not we?...).
05]WIFI: Build in Wifi with protocols g/b/n
("For those who hate cables", or made raspberry a portable device, or for the inconvenience of it's place in the house...).
06]BlueTooth: Build in BlueTooth 4.0
(From headsets to mouse and keyboards, from sound systems to transfer music files, "from dusk till dawn"...).
(Maybe a second input too, for dual boot between the two goals of the system, programming and the playback center...).
(With latest protocols so the bit-rate be as lossy as possible...).
09]Audio Jack & Mic (separate): Yes
(You have made a device that can play with xbmc (that supports true-HD and Master audio formats) 1080p video (.mkv) and you had no output (except from the use of an external audio card) to play at least 5.1 channels, MUST!!!...).
11]USB: 2xUSB2 & 2xUSB3
(Two for lower battery consumption and use for keyboard and mouse (etc) and two or at least one for great transfer rate with usb3 hard disk drives and use3 sticks...).
Why to think of ruspberry pi as a device for education only and not as a device that can used for three main reasons, from three different types of people...
A]Common-User: Surfing, Browser_Gaming and Download.
B]Media-User: 720p/1080p/4k Video playing with 5.1 surround channels at least.
C]Programmer-User: An indie developer with not a great budget that needs a personal computer, easy to transfer and setup anywhere and everywhere, with the power that it is enough to support the indie-retro kind of gaming style...
*With these three types of users you have the market!!!
*Support those that support you... We are one, we must be one, community and you... If you make a device that for-fills our needs then the "game" is yours...
I believe that the composing of a device as such (the one i described) is not a difficult task, you will say that the cost will be greater of course, but we know...
We are college students, we are fathers, we are software developers, we are game developers, we are everyday users, we are high end freaks with 7.1 audio channels and a denon system of 2000$, we are engineers, we are your market only if you be out provider...
Sincerely Argiris Pentalios.