Raspberry Pi release their new Pi 3 Model B+ - Hardware upgrades without a price increase

A faster CPU, dual-band WiFi and more

Raspberry Pi release their new Pi 3 Model B+ - Hardware upgrades without a price increase

Raspberry Pi release their new Pi 3 Model B+ - Hardware upgrades without a price increase

The Raspberry Pi has become a staple of the computing world, acting as an excellent platform for learning and a wide range of other applications. Over time hardware evolves and the same principle applies to the Raspberry Pi, over time receiving higher specifications while maintaining a low price point. 

So far over 19 million Raspberry Pi units have been sold worldwide, over 9 million of which was the Raspberry Pi 3. Now the company must move on to newer hardware, though this upgrade does not come with a price increase. 

Meet the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, a new unit which offers a faster 64-bit ARM processor, dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11ac wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2 and several other minor improvements.

On the CPU side, the Raspberry Pi 3 Mobel B+ offers a 200MHz boost in processor speeds, with their new Broadcom BCM2837B0, Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) clocking in at 1.4GHz while also offering cooler operating temperatures than the company's previous model. On the WiFi side, the Raspberry Pi will also provide a 3x improvement in wires and wireless network throughput. Overall the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ will deliver a substantial performance boost over the Model B, though this comes with a hefty increase in power consumption. With this model, Raspberry Pi recommends a high-quality 2.5A power supply or better.        

Below are the specifications of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

- Broadcom BCM2837B0, Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.4GHz
- 2.4GHz and 5GHz IEEE 802.11.b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2, BLE
- Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0 (maximum throughput 300 Mbps)
- Extended 40-pin GPIO header
- Full-size HDMI
- 4 USB 2.0 ports
- CSI camera port for connecting a Raspberry Pi camera
- DSI display port for connecting a Raspberry Pi touchscreen display
- 4-pole stereo output and composite video port
- Micro SD port for loading your operating system and storing data
- 5V/2.5A DC power input
- Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) support (requires separate PoE HAT)


The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ will ship at the same $35 price as the existing 3 Mobel B, with previous models like the Raspberry Pi 1B+, Raspberry Pi 2B, and Raspberry Pi 3B remaining on sale to support existing users while demand remains. 

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Most Recent Comments

14-03-2018, 11:46:43

Hmm, neat that it is the same price point, interested to see how RetroPie fairs on it compared to the original Pi 3.

I'm not sure I'll get one though, I've got the official 2.5A power cable but I'm not sure whether my PiSupply board would give the extra juice it needs.Quote

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