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This $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W Computer Features WiFi and Bluetooth

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Raspberry Pi has recently announced its new Raspberry Pi Zero W board, that is based on the original Raspberry Pi Zero, but with brand new wireless connectivity. According to Engadget, the Foundation’s new product nestles neatly between its credit-card sized computer and its flagship board, boasting 1GHz single-core Broadcom BCM2835 CPU, 512MB of RAM and a 40-pin header.

At $10 (£9.60), the Zero W is still fantastic value for money. Makers have already used the DIY board to create homemade security cameras and build their own retro gaming machines, but with WiFi and Bluetooth now on-board, those projects might become even easier to build and maintain.

If you had a cool idea for a low-cost maker project that was scuppered by the Zero’s lack of wireless connectivity, now might be the time to revisit the idea.

The ‘W’ in the new Raspberry Pi Zero W brings both 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 to the existing Zero design. The Zero will stay at $5 US (£4) but the Zero W is priced at $10 US (£9.60) plus tax, or about $15 CAD. Below is the full feature list for 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

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is also offering new injection-molded cases with interchangeable lids that are smaller versions of the official Raspberry Pi case. For more information, click here.

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