A new Raspberry Pi has been released – the Raspberry Pi Zero W. It expands the original Pi Zero capabilities by adding Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. More specifically, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. This led the price to double, but since the original was so cheap, we’re still talking $10.

If you don’t want to spend the extra $5 then you can get a free Raspberry Pi Zero W if you subscribe for The MagPi magazine (in print for 12 months).

The wireless tech is based on the same Cypress CYW43438 chip as the Pi 3 B, which should make it easier for developers. Besides its new-found wireless capabilities, the W keeps everything the same. That means a single-core 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM and 40-pin header.

The Raspberry Pi Zero W sounds like the perfect tool or gift for DIY-ers.

It is tiny, low-power, integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and with the CSI camera connector, you can actually make a cheap Wi-Fi security cam, for example. To make things even better – there is an official injection-molded case that shares the same design language as the official Raspberry Pi 3 case. The case set also includes a short camera adapter flexi, and a set of rubber feet to make sure your cased Zero or Zero W doesn’t slide off the desk.

To recap, here’s the full feature list for the Pi Zero W:

  • 1GHz, single-core CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • Mini-HDMI port
  • Micro-USB On-The-Go port
  • Micro-USB power
  • HAT-compatible 40-pin header
  • Composite video and reset headers
  • CSI camera connector
  • 802.11n wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth 4.0

 

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