Raspberry Pi 2 goes on sale today, will cost just $35 and will feature some serious software and hardware upgrades to ensure functionality with Windows 10.
Raspberry Pi 2 is here, and it is packing some serious upgrades in a number of categories, according to a release by the company. Since the launch of the B+ model, it has been a savior and best seller for DIY devices. Even more impressive, the functionality has been expanded yet again, to encompass all of the latest and greatest in the tech space. Specifically, that means support and function for Windows 10, which hasn’t even been released to the general public yet.
Raspberry Pi 2 features an impressive quad-core ARMv7 processor – that is roughly six times faster than any previous device – most-notably the Model B+. It also features 1GB of RAM – that is also a significant upgrade from the previous model introduced in 2012, which featured 512MB of RAM. If that’s not enough, the tiny package of power is boasting a Broadcom VideoCore IV, which has been clocked at 250MHz as well. Potential customers won’t have to shell out a massive amount of money, either, to claim their Raspberry Pi 2. Instead, they will be able to pay the same as what users were accustomed to paying for its predecessor. At just $35 it’s actually one of the best valued packages in the market. It features 4 USB outlets, a MicroSD storage option, as well as HDMI and composite RCA jack options. Audio won’t be a problem for the device either since it’s packing a traditional 3.5mm jack, like many other similar products.
Importantly though, the two are compatible, and many have tested that to ensure that there is actually the compatibility between the two devices. Even more impressively though, in testing, it was clocked at 20.26 seconds, as opposed to the B+ time of 35.72 seconds. They said in a blog post, “There comes a point when there’s no substitute for more memory and CPU performance.”
They also added, “Our challenge was to figure out how to get this without throwing away our investment in the platform or spoiling all those projects and tutorials which rely on the precise details of the Raspberry Pi hardware.” Then, they pointed out their happiness in the fact that Broadcom was also willing to upgrade their product as well, to ensure that they delivered the experience those using Raspberry had grown accustomed to. Without question, this is a very good product from top to bottom.