The much-awaited Raspberry Pi Zero successor dubbed, Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W microcontroller has gone official. The recently unveiled microcontroller features a Broadcom BCM2710A1 SoC, just like the Raspberry Pi 3 launch version. The 1GHz CPU of the wireless Zero W board is capable of delivering up to five times faster speeds compared to the former. Furthermore, it ships with 512MB of LPDDR2 RAM. The newfangled board works with IoT projects as well as smart home applications. To recall, the original Raspberry Pi Zero made its debut back in 2015. The original asking price of the Raspberry Pi was increased for the first time earlier this year.
However, the newly launched Pi Zero successor will not burn a hole in consumers’ pockets. The Raspberry Pi Zero is a more compact version of the standard Pi that retailed for $5 in 2015. Moreover, it did not deliver higher input/output. In 2017, its capabilities were updated to include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. This upgraded version was launched as the Pi Zero W with a price tag of $10. Regrettably, the performance did not change since there wasn’t enough place to play with. However, that has changed with the new Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W.
Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Specifications
The Pi Zero 2 W retains the physical size and shape of the original Raspberry Pi Zero. However, it packs three additional cores. Furthermore, the board features a quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex-A53 CPU, that clocks at 1GHz. The most notable feature of the board is the Raspberry Pi RP3A0 SIP (system-in-package). Also, the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W ships with 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM. Aside from that, it comes with the Broadcom BCM2710A1 SoC.
In terms of connectivity, the board has a USB 2.0, a couple of Micro-USB ports for power, and one Mini-HDMI port. Aside from that, it supports Bluetooth v4.2, and 2.4GHz IEEE 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN. It also packs H.264 encode (1080p30), MPEG-4 decode (1080p30), and OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0 graphics. H.264 for a superior video watching experience. On top of that, the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W has reset pin solder points, composite video, as well as a CSI-2 camera connector.
The band’s dimensions are 65x30mm. Raspberry Pi has also unveiled a new official USB power supply that features a USB micro-B connector. The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 PSU comes in handy for powering the Raspberry Pi 3B+ or 3B. It retails for around $8. In India, it comes with a Type-D port. The Raspberry Pi 4 was announced back in 2019 carrying a price tag of $35 for the 1GB model. The 2GB version was available for $45, while the 4GB variant retailed for $55.
Price & Availability
On October 28, Raspberry Pi announced that the Zero 2 W has gone on sale at $15. You can get your hands on the wireless Zero W board via multiple retailers mentioned on the company’s official website in Canada, the US, the UK, Hong Kong, and European Union.