The folks over at the Raspberry Pi foundation are working hard to make the cheapest computer known to man. After selling products at the $35 level followed by the $20 level, they’ve finally outdone themselves by introducing Raspberry Pi Zero — a $5 board that’s basically an entire PC.
Low prices doesn’t necessarily equate with low-end either when it comes to the Zero, as it retains many of the same features that its more expensive brethren offer while still managing to be 40% faster than the original 1st-gen Raspberry Pi.
In terms of raw specs, at the heart of its 65 x 30 millimeter circuit board is a Broadcom BCM2835 processor, with a 1GHz ARM11 core. The board itself holds 512MB of RAM, and the operating system is loaded from micro-SD card in typical Raspberry Pi fashion. Also like its brethren, there’s a mini-HDMI socket for 1080p video output, and micro-USB sockets for data and power.
You can get your own Raspberry Pi Zero via Raspberry Pi’s online shop or by ordering an issue of their new MagPi Magazine.