Raspberry Pi is a great barebones computer for those who like to tinker and create stuff and while it’s unusual for us to see major hardware announcements about it, we do get one once every now and then and the latest one certainly demands our attention. There’s a new credit card-sized board out called the Raspberry Pi Zero W and it offers both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for just $10.
The original Raspberry Pi was launched a few years ago and it was followed up by the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero which promised 40 percent more computing power than its predecessor. The Raspberry Pi 3 was the last major hardware announcement that we had from the Raspberry Foundation and today it’s out with another one.
The Raspberry Pi Zero W brings wireless connectivity, hence the W in its name, but it has the same specifications as its predecessor. You’ll find the same single core Broadcom BCM2835 processor with 512MB of RAM and a 40 pin header. However, the board does feature 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 on the same Zero design.
Raspberry is keeping the original Zero board at $5 but since the Zero W has additional functionality, it’s going to cost $10. The Foundation is also selling new injection molded cases with interchangeable lids. Now that the board has wireless connectivity, the possibilities of what DIYers can do are limitless.