Raspberry Pi Zero – the R70 computer

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has revealed the Raspberry Pi Zero, which is priced at $5 (around R70).

Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton said driving down the cost of computer hardware remains one of the most important things they want to achieve with the Raspberry Pi.

The original Raspberry Pi Model B and its successors put a programmable computer within the reach of anyone with $20-35.

The Raspberry Pi Zero features the following:

  • A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
  • 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1)
  • 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • A micro-SD card slot
  • A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
  • Micro-USB sockets for data and power
  • An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header
  • Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
  • An unpopulated composite video header
  • 65mm x 30mm x 5mm dimensions

The Raspberry Pi Zero runs Raspbian, and will run the likes of Scratch, Minecraft, and Sonic Pi.

“It is available today in the UK from our friends at element14, The Pi Hut and Pimoroni, and in the US from Adafruit.”

Upton also announced they are giving away a free Raspberry Pi Zero with each copy of the December issue of The MagPi.

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