Updated Raspberry Pi Zero is more powerful and includes Bluetooth

Raspberry Pi releases a new model of its smallest minicomputer. The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is up to five times more powerful than the original 2015 model and now also has Bluetooth.

The new model has a 64 bit quad core ARM Cortex-A53 chip at 1 Ghz with 512 megabytes of SDRAM. According to the organization, that is five times faster than the original Zero. An improved version with wireless LAN was already released in 2018 (which explains the ‘W’ in the name).

That should make the minicomputer better in multithreading, but the device is also up to forty percent better for single threading, according to the makers. New is the presence of Bluetooth 4.2 and support for Bluetooth Low Energy.

As with the older versions, there is wireless LAN (2.4GHz 801.11b/g/n), a 40 I/O pin connection for additional equipment and a mini HDMI port, as well as a CSI-2 camera connector and a microSD slot.

Just as small

The size also remains identical to the predecessors at 65×30 millimeters. That is, the new version will simply fit into existing housings of older Pi Zeros. The price of the device is $16.

Raspberry Pi has been focusing on small computers for several years that do not necessarily excel in enormous computing power, but are cheap and very hackable. The classic Pis can be used as a mini PC, as a media player, or for all kinds of IoT and DIY electronics projects. In recent years, the Pi Zero, a smaller version, has also been added, and since the beginning of this year the Raspberry Pi Pico, a microcontroller with its own chip.

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