Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W - Up to fives times faster for an extra $5

This Mini Pi packs a punch!

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W - Up to fives times faster for an extra $5

The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W packs a punch for $15

After over five years of service, the compact Raspberry Pi Zero has received its first major update. Meet the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W, a $15 compact computing powerhouse. 

This new board design ditches the 1GHz single-core ARM 11 processor of the Zero and moves to a quad-core Cortex A53-based Broadcom BCM2710A1 processor, which will also operate at 1GHz. This processor is the same one that's used in the Raspberry Pi 3, albeit with a slightly lower CPU clock speed. This upgrade makes the move from a Raspberry Pi Zero to a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W a move from a 32-bit single-core system to a 64-bit quad-core. That said, the constraints of the Pri Zero form factor will only give the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W 512GB of LPDDR2 SDRAM. 

When compared to its predecessor, the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W offers users up to five times as much performance, which is an astounding performance increase given the unit's $5 price premium over the Pi Zero W. This performance data comes from sysbench, and overall performance enhancements will vary on a workload-by-workload basis. 

The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W should fit into most Zero compatible cases and work with all accessories that are designed to support the original Pi Zero. That said, compatibility problems could occur with some products, depending on how they were created. 

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W - Up to fives times faster for an extra $5  

The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W features 512MB of ram, supports 2.4 GHz 802.11n WIFI, Bluetooth 4.2, and features a micro HDMI port and dual Micro USB ports. One of the Pi Zero 2 W's USB connections are for power input, while the other is doe data transfers. 

What about the original Rasberry Pi Zero and Zero W? 

Both the Raspberry Pi Zero and Zero W will continue to be manufactured and shipped at the same pricing as before. That said, both models are currently experiencing supply constraints due to the availability of parts. 

200K Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W units are due to ship this year, with a further 250K being expected in the first half of 2022. Right now, the Raspberry Pi 2 W is available in the UK, Europe, the United States, Canada, and Hong Kong. Availability in Australia and New Zealand is expected sometime this month. 

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