The updated Raspberry Pi 2 comes with a way more powerful quad-core processor. The developers claim that the new ARMv7 processor has a six-fold performance increase, though that number will vary depending on how you use it. It also holds twice as much RAM (1GB) on the Raspberry Pi compared to its predecessor.
The device, which is on sale now, retails for just $35 — the same price as the Raspberry Pi B+.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has been “working closely” with Microsoft for the last six months in order to bring Windows 10 to the new computer. There will be more information in the coming months, and the Raspberry Pi 2-compatible version of Windows 10 “will be available free of charge to makers,” according to a blog post.
In other words, consumers won’t have to pay for Windows 10 if they buy a Raspberry Pi 2. The foundation and Microsoft suggest joining the Windows Developer Program to receive updates on Windows 10 and the Raspberry Pi as they become available.
Aside from the new processor and updated RAM, the Raspberry Pi 2 is outwardly similar to the Raspberry Pi B+, which has 4 USB 2.0 ports and a microSD card socket.
Raspberry Pi computers are meant for aspiring programmers and on-a-budget tech junkies. In November of last year, for example, the foundation introduced the $20 Raspberry Pi A+ to help get kids more interested in computer programming.
The old Raspberry Pi models are not being discontinued and will keep the same price tags. Read more…