The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B was just launched six days ago on the fourth birthday of the original Raspberry Pi, but has caught the wave and is high-flying. News about the micro-computer swept the internet like wildfire recently after leaked documents revealed the new model’s key features. We kept this a secret until we we able to carry out some hands-on testing to confirm the machine’s capabilities. The truth is the Raspberry Pi 3 is cooler than the leaked documents indicated.

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Billed as the micro-computer of the future, the Raspberry Pi 3 has a built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a HDMI port, an SD card slot, four USB ports, an Ethernet port, an integrated graphics card, a quad-core processor and one gigabyte of RAM.  To make it even more special, this latest model is the size of a credit card and will cost around  $35.

The new model, which looks very much like the Raspberry Pi 2,  is simple, fast, easy to use and very very affordable. This is a powerful model that could become the product that makes Raspberry Pi into a more recognizable consumer brand.  Well done Raspberry Pi, well done.

There is a full specification:

  • 1.2GHz Quad-Core Broadcom BCM2387 ARM Cortex-A53 processor
  • Graphics 400MHz Dual Core VideoCore IV GPU, Support 1080p video at 60fps
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 1GB RAM (same as the previous version)
  • MicroSD Card Slot
  • Ethernet at 100Mbps
  • Requires a 2.5A input power
  • Video Output: HDMI (rev 1.3 & 1.4, Composite RCA (PAL and NTSC)
  • Audio Output: 3.5mm jack, HDMI, USB 4 x USB 2.0
  • OS: Boots from Micro SD card, Linux or Windows 10 IoT