Budget computer company Raspberry Pi has launched a crazily cheap and small new computer.
Pictured above, it’s called the Raspberry Pi Zero, and it costs just $5 (£3.30).
It boasts some pretty impressive specs, despite its price-point. It comes with a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and can output to a 1080p screen using HDMI at 60 frames-per-second. There is no on-board storage at all, but it comes with a Micro SD card slot so users can pick how much memory they think they need. Likewise, users will have to provide their keyboards and mice.
To put those figures into context, the iPhone 4 — which launched in 2010 — also had 512MB of RAM, and only had an 800MHz processor.
“We’ve gone from the cost of four lattes to the cost of one latte,” says Raspberry Pi Trading CEO Eben Upton in a video introducing the device.
In fact, it’s so small, and so cheap, that the company is giving it away as a freebie in Magpi, the official Raspberry Pi magazine. “We’re the first computer magazine ever to give away a computer as a cover gift,” Upton claims.
The first Raspberry Pi was launched in 2012, and the company’s mission is to produce low-cost devices to introduce people to the world of computer science. Nominally aimed at kids, the budget computers have become beloved by hobbyists.
“Of all the things we do at Raspberry Pi, driving down the cost of computer hardware remains one of the most important,” says a company blog post introducing the Pi Zero. “Even in the developed world, a programmable computer is a luxury item for a lot of people, and every extra dollar that we ask someone to spend decreases the chance that they will choose to get involved.”
Here’s Eben Upton introducing the Pi Zero:
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