It seems like the Raspberry Pi Foundation isn’t quite done with making single-board computers just yet. Its latest product comes in the form of the Raspberry Pi 3, which has a 64-bit processor, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth adapter.
With the addition of the Raspberry Pi 3, there are now four types of single-board computers made by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Bear in mind that some of the Raspberry Pi models have different types of iterations (model A, model B, etc.) based on them as well. Prior to the Raspberry Pi 3, the company has introduced the low-powered Pi Zero, which incredibly had similar dimensions to a credit card.
Now, with the Raspberry Pi 3, the company is looking to make a more powerful single-board computer, and it did just that. The Raspberry Pi 3 has a quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor, which has a clock speed of 1.2GHz. In addition to that, the new processor on the Pi 3 is said to be 50% faster than that of the Pi 2.
Despite this, the amount of RAM still remains at 1GB, as well as the 400MHz VideoCore IV graphics processor. Undeniably, the crème de la crème of the Raspberry Pi 3 would be the built-in WiFi and Bluetooth adapter; more specifically, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n WiFi.
One might think that with all these new features, the Raspberry Pi 3 would be priced significantly higher compared to its predecessor, but this isn’t the case. In fact, not only does the Pi 3 retain similar dimensions of the Pi 2, it’s also priced exactly the same.
According to Raspberry Pi Foundation, the Raspberry Pi 3 is now available and will retail for a price of US$35 (about RM150). However, Raspberry Pi’s distributor in Malaysia, element14, has yet to list the Pi 3 for retail on its website, but it should be available soon enough.