The Raspberry Pi foundation has added another microcomputer to its lineup, and it’s even smaller and more affordable than its siblings. It’s called the Raspberry Pi Zero, and despite being 40% faster than the original Raspberry Pi, it costs just $5.
Manufactured in Wales, the new Raspberry Pi Zero is “a full-fledged member of the Raspberry Pi family.” It’s powered by a Broadcom BCM2835 clocked at 1GHz, with 512MB of RAM, a microSD card slot for storage, a mini-HDMI port, a micro-USB port, and more.
It’s also the smallest Raspberry Pi yet, measuring just 65mm long, 30mm wide, and 5mm thick. And yet, it runs the same Raspbian software as other Raspberry Pi devices, and is compatible with all the same apps, including Scratch, Minecraft, and Sonic Pi.
Raspberry Pi makes its debut today in the U.S., where you can buy it online from Adafruit, and in store at your local Micro Center, priced at $5. It’s also available in the U.K. from element14, The Pi Hut, and Pimoroni — and you can get it free!
Raspberry Pi is giving away the Pi Zero with every December copy of The MagPi magazine, which is available in the U.K. stores today.