This comes after great anticipation surrounding the release of the Raspberry Pi 4, which Pi fans might have to wait another year for.
Read on for specs, features and pricing of the new Raspberry Pi Model B+.
Raspberry Pi Model B+ features
The initial Raspberry Pi 3 was released two years ago and it was a huge success, selling nine million units since its release. This is very impressive given that the entire Pi range has sold 19 million in total.
It was the foundation's first 64-bit product and debuted wireless connectivity.
With most Raspberry Pi products being launched each February, we thought that the Raspberry Pi 4 might rear its head, but sadly not.
While this update is surely a good thing, the improvements and tweaks to the Raspberry Pi 3 are still quite a way off representing a brand new Raspberry Pi.
The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ takes the kit a step further, providing dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, so it's able to support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi.
You'll also see a little improvement in the processing power as the Pi 3 Model B+ comes with a 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU. According to according to a blog post by Raspberry Pi, this means that it can hit higher clock frequencies and provide better accuracy for monitoring and controlling the temperature of the chip.
Other notable upgrades include:
- Bluetooth 4.2
- Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0
- Power-over-Ethernet support (with separate PoE HAT)
- Improved PXE network and USB mass-storage booting
- Improved thermal management
Taken from The Raspberry Pi Foundation blog.
You should note that this Raspberry Pi requires "substantially more power than its predecessor", so you should buy a suitable power adaptor to go with it, not just the cheapest.
How much does the Raspberry Pi Model B+ cost?
Costing a little more than other Raspberry Pis, the Model B+ comes in at about £35, hardly a massive price tag.
That's the great thing about the Raspberry Pi foundation. It purposely created accessible hardware so that almost anyone can get involved and cost isn't a barrier.
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