The £4 Raspberry Pi Zero was inspired by Google’s Eric Schmidt

The newly-announced £4/$5 Raspberry Pi Zero computer probably wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the intervention of  Google’s Eric Schmidt.

Raspberry Pi foundation founder Eben Upton has revealed a chance meeting with Schmidt in early 2013 convinced him to ditch plans for a more expensive Pi.

The ‘life changing’ chat resulted in the British firm making a more-powerful Pi 2 at the same price as the original and following it up with the launch of the brand new thumb-sized Pi Zero.

Upton told The Wall Street Journal (via Engadget): “I told him we were thinking of making future Raspberry Pi’s a little bit more expensive, up at about $50 or $60, and a bit more powerful.

He said it was very hard to compete with cheap. He made a very compelling case. The idea was to make a more powerful thing at the same price, and then make a cheaper thing with the same power.”

See also: What is Raspberry Pi Zero?

Announced on Thursday, the Pi Zero features the same Broadcom processor featured in the original Raspberry Pi. However, that’s been clocked to 1GHz, making it 40 per cent faster than the original.

It also has 512MB of RAM, making it three times caster than the original Pi overall.

It features a mini HDMI port (the others have full HDMI ports), while there are also two MicroUSB ports. It weighs just 9 grams, while measuring up at 65mm x 30mm. It’s also only 5mm thick.

The Pi Foundation is even giving the Zero away with the 40th issue of The MagPi magazine.

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