Raspberry Pi Releases New Zero 2 W Model

At $15 it's faster than the original Zero, with the same compact size

Raspberry Pi's new Zero 2 W is out today, featuring better performance than the original Zero model, a compact size, and a $15 price.

Clocking in at 65mm by 30mm (about 2.5 inches by 1.2 inches), the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W packs a lot of performance into its tiny frame. Up to five times the speeds of the original Raspberry Pi Zero, in fact. But as tends to be the case with most Raspberry Pi mini-computers, you can do more with it than use it as a computer.

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W

Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W features a 1GHz quad-core CPU, 2.4GHz wireless LAN, a card slot for microSD, mini HDMI and micro USB ports, and 512MB of SDRAM. It also can't be upgraded to 1GB of SDRAM—512GB is as high as it goes. According to Raspberry Pi, it's just not feasible to produce the device with the larger SDRAM.

The company is also releasing a new micro USB power supply designed to work with the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W. The company claims it's "the most reliable source of power" for the new model, but it's also compatible with other Raspberry Pi models that have micro USB connectors.

The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is out now in the US, UK, EU, Canada, and Hong Kong (with more countries being added later) and is priced at $15.

Note that If you want to use it as a computer, you'll need to supply or buy your own case, cords, peripherals, drives, and monitor. If you want to get the new micro USB power supply, that's also out now and will set you back $8.

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