Four years after the original Raspberry Pi changed our perceptions of what a computer looked like (and what it should cost), we have the Pi 3. It’s a lot more powerful, it has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built in, and it costs the same as its predecessor.
Where the original Pi ran a single-core, 700MHz chip, the Pi 3 has a quad-core, 64-bit processor clocked at 1.2GHz, backed up by 1GB of RAM and VideoCore 4 graphics.
It’s not quite a gaming PC yet, but it should be easily powerful enough – and wireless enough – to be used as a regular desktop computer for web browsing and work. Raspberry Pi’s representatives sum up its extra beef as a 50% power increase over the Pi 2.
That said, it may be the built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that get Pi fans most excited. Anyone wising to use the Pi 3 as a basic Linux PC, media centre or retro games console will now be able to use wireless keyboards and controllers with no need for peripherals.
What’s more, the Pi’s tiny size and weight make it ideal for remote, wire-free projects – especially robotics – and adding low-power Bluetooth 4.0 will offer even more opportunities for invention.
This article originally appeared at Stuff.tv