It’s time for a new Pi. This week, the Raspberry Pi announced the new mini Zero 2 W . padIt costs $5 more than the original that debuted nearly six years ago. However, this ultra-small wireless board offers up to 5x performance and additional features for just $15.
We recently saw the first-ever price increase for the Pi on select models thanks to supply chain issues and chip shortages caused by the pandemic, but that’s not why the Zero 2 W is so expensive. No, it costs more because it packs a bigger punch.
According to Raspberry, multi-threaded home business is five times faster, which is a huge boost. This is because the Zero 2 W uses the same Broadcom BCM2710A1 chipset as the Raspberry Pi 3, albeit an underclocked variant. Users will also benefit from 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM. Here is a quick look.
The new Zero 2 W is the same size as the original as well, so “virtually all Zero-designed cases and accessories should work perfectly with the new board, including our case and cable selection,” according to Raspberry. Blog post.
Those wondering about the spec sheet will be happy to see it comes with 2.4GHz IEEE 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN, MicroSD card slot, mini HDMI port, Bluetooth 4.2, USB 2.0, CSI-2 camera connector, HAT-compatible 40 Pin I/O header, video and reset pin solder points, OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0 graphics and H.264 1080p 30 support for encoding and decoding capabilities. So there are a lot of use cases with this device.
If you are subscribed to MagPiYou’ll receive Zero 2 W for free in the next few days, and any newcomer will get one, too. Otherwise, the small device is available on the website or from authorized sellers as of October 28, 2021. So get your device from the link below.