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Raspberry Pi Zero $5 computer announced

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a new and ridiculously cheap education-focused computer, the Raspberry Pi Zero.

Over the years, the Raspberry Pi brand has become synonymous with bare bones, ultra-affordable, heavily customisable micro-computers. They’ve become an invaluable tool for anyone in the early stages of learning to program.

They’re really very cheap, too, with the latest model – the Raspberry Pi 2 – debuting for $35/£27 earlier this year. But that’s not quite affordable enough for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, it seems.

The Raspberry Pi Zero has just been announced. It’s a tiny circuit board of a computer that measures just 65mm x 30mm x 5mm, but that’s not why it’s been pictured alongside a US five dollar bill. That would be because it retails for just $5, or £4 in UK money.

Despite this, the Raspberry Pi Foundation calls the Zero “a full-fledged member of the Raspberry Pi family.” It’s powered by a 1GHz Broadcom BCM2835 processor that’s 40 percent faster than the original Raspberry Pi.

This is backed by 512MB of LPDDR2 RAM. It also features a microSD card slot, a mini-HDMI socket, and micro USB sockets for data and power.

It also features the standard 40-pin GPIO header and a composite video header for hooking it up to various other external components (such as a display).

Suffice to say, the foundation is expecting demand to outstrip supply for a little while.

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It should be noted that the $5/£4 price is for the Raspberry Pi Zero on its own. It doesn’t include any cables or a microSD card for storage for that price.

If you include those components into the bargain, you could be looking at spending £10-£16. A scandalous amount, we’re sure you’ll agree.