The Raspberry Pi foundation has announced a more powerful version of its dinky Zero board with the Wi-Fi enabled Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W now available for tinkerers.
However, that much improved performance comes at a price. It’s now US$15(~S$20.19) compared to it’s predecessor, the $10(~S$13.46) Raspberry Pi Zero W.
What does that extra fiver get you? Well, the same Broadcom BCM2710A1 SoC that currently sits within the Raspberry Pi 3 for starters. It’s slightly down-clocked to 1GHz, In order to save a little space there’s 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM.
The overall performance boost varies, but Raspberry Pi says that for multi-threaded sysbench, the Pi Zero 2 W is “almost exactly” five-times faster. The tiny microcomputer “should” work perfectly with all existing cables, accessories and cases. There’s a new power adapter, which still uses a micro USB connector.
"Here’s the full spec sheet for the almost-impossibly small micro-computer:
Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W availability
Today, Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is available in the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United States, Canada, and Hong Kong, with Australia and New Zealand coming next in November. Unfortunately, Singapore is currently not in the list yet.
With that said, the foundation is expecting there to be some shortages in the short term.
"Sadly, Zero 2 W isn’t immune to the current global semiconductor shortage. We expect to ship roughly 200k units this calendar year, with a further 250k to follow in the first half of 2022."
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