Raspberry Pi continues to drive down the cost of personal computers with a new product: the Raspberry Pi Zero that retails for the princely sum of $5, or in South African terms, just under R72.
At the time of writing we couldn’t find any local stores stocking the Zero except for Pi Shop, which merely has a placeholder page with a “coming soon” notification posted on it.
Raspberry Pi Zero specs:
- CPU: Broadcom BCM2835 (1GHz ARM11 core)
- RAM: 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
- Dimensions: 65 mm X 30 mm X 5mm
- Micro-SD card slot
- Mini-HDMI socket – 1080p 60fps video output
- Micro-USB sockets for data and power
- Unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header (Identical pinout to Raspberry Pi Models A+,B+ and 2B)
- Unpopulated composite video header
In a video announcing the Zero, CEO of Raspberry Pi trading Eben Upton explained the reasons behind the company producing such an affordable product:
These are two computers from my childhood: a BBC Microcomputer I bought in 1989 for £220 (R4 756) , [and a] Commodore Amiga I bought in Christmas of 1992 for £199 (R4 302). When I bought each of these machines I basically had to drain all the money I had. I had to drain my bank account, my piggybank… all of my savings went into each of these. When I was a kid, the high cost of computers like these was a barrier to be learning programming. What we’ve tried to do with Raspberry Pi is make sure that cost is never going to be a barrier.
We really don’t think we’re going to be able to get it cheaper than this.
If the price tag wasn’t good enough, the Zero is being given away as a gift on the cover of the December issue of The MagPi magazine. While great for those in the US and UK, six international issues of MagPi will cost you £50 (R1 080). Upton says that 10 000 free Zeros have been sent out with the magazine.
Since the exchange rate to the pound is a little on the awful side right now, it may end up cheaper for local enthusiasts to simply wait for the Pi Zero to appear on the Pi Shop.[Source & Image – Raspberry Pi]