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Yes, that’s right: Five bucks will buy you a computer capable of running applications like the learn-to-code program Scratch, and Minecraft, a popular world-building game. But the cheaper price point doesn’t mean it’s got less power. It might be the smallest Pi yet, yet it boasts half a gig of RAM and the same chip used in the Raspberry Pi 1—with a whopping 40 percent more speed.
For comparison, the Raspberry Pi 2, launched earlier this year, debuted with a $35 price tag. Now, for a fraction of that, you can play computer games, power a retro gaming handheld device, hack a cassette player to stream Spotify, program a light show to wow guests this holiday season, or teach kids about hacking and programming in a cheap, accessible way. You can also buy the Raspberry Pi’s official 7-inch LCD touchscreen monitor to go along with the hardware.
The company laid out additional specs in a blog post:
- 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
- Our smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm
Raspberry Pi is making computing accessible in ways unimaginable just a few years ago. Not only is the computer incredibly affordable, it’s also completely customizable so that people can learn how to program and play with hardware and software.
The Raspberry Pi Zero is already on sale at Pi retailers, though the company says demand will likely outpace the supply they have in stock, so if your favorite retailer is out, be patient. Besides, it’ll make a fantastic stocking stuffer for the tech lover in your life.
Photo via Adafruit
Selena Larson is a technology reporter based in San Francisco who writes about the intersection of technology and culture. Her work explores new technologies and the way they impact industries, human behavior, and security and privacy. Since leaving the Daily Dot, she's reported for CNN Money and done technical writing for cybersecurity firm Dragos.