Raspberry Pi Zero is a £4 PC Magazine Freebie

By Gerald Lynch on at

Raspberry Pi kicked off a mini coding revolution with its affordable programmable computers, but today it's driving down the price of entry even lower – perhaps as low as they can possibly go. It's introducing a new micro computer, the Pi Zero, and it costs little more than a cup of coffee.

The new Pi Zero will goes on sale today and is available for as little as $5 (£4 from Pimoroni). That's way cheaper than even the pocket-money pricing of the $25 Raspberry Pi Model B. To make things even more crazy, Raspberry Pi will be giving away the Pi Zero as a FREE GIFT with its magazine The MagPi, making it the first computing magazine to, well, give away a computer on the cover.

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"Of all the things we do at Raspberry Pi, driving down the cost of computer hardware remains one of the most important," said Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton.

"Even in the developed world, a programmable computer is a luxury item for a lot of people, and every extra dollar that we ask someone to spend decreases the chance that they’ll choose to get involved."

The Pi Zero specs run down as:

  • Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
  • 1GHz ARM11 core (40 per cent faster than Raspberry Pi 1)
  • 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • Micro-SD card slot
  • Mini-HDMI socket that supports 1080p/60fps video output
  • Micro-USB sockets for data and power
  • An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header
  • Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
  • An unpopulated composite video header
  • Tiny form factor: 65mm x 30mm x 5mm

Running the Raspbian OS, it can handle all the applications that the other Raspberry Pi models can, including gaming favourite Minecraft, which makes this easily the cheapest  machine on which to play the block-building phenomenon.

Despite making tens of thousands of Pi Zero units, the Raspberry Pi team is already anticipating demand to massively outweigh supply, so snap one up quick if you're interested. [Raspberry Pi]