The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B has picked up where its predecessor in spectacular style, offering up to six times the power of the Model B+ for pretty much the same price. According to the brains behind the world’s most iconic micro-PC, much of the winning formula has been left unchanged with the most notable upgrades being a faster CPU and more RAM.
Having previously been built around a single-core chip, the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B features a far more powerful quad-core processor – an 800MHz Cortex A7 chip. In addition, there’s now a full 1GB of RAM to play with as opposed to the 500MB the Model B+ featured.
As is standard with the Pi 2 and most other bare-bones PCs, buyers will be expected to use their own peripherals and accessories like monitors and keyboards, along with an operating system loaded onto a Micro-SD to get the Model B up and running. But with a price of just $35, it still represents a frankly brilliant entry-level machine for those looking to surf the web, play simple games or perhaps learn coding for the first time.
“We think it’s about six times more powerful for most applications,” said Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton in a BBC interview.
“This means this is really a PC now,”
“You can do most of the things with this that you can do with a PC. You can surf the web, you can watch videos, you can play games like Minecraft. But we also bundle it with the tools that children need in order to learn how to program,”
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“The great thing is – apart from those two changes – that we’ve managed to keep everything else the same,”
“So, all of those tutorials that people have developed over the last few years will carry on working with this device. It just kind of broadens out the range of interesting stuff kids can do.”
Perhaps even more excitingly, a new post on the Raspberry Pi blog confirmed that efforts are underway to make the Model B compatible with Windows 10.
“For the last six months we’ve been working closely with Microsoft to bring the forthcoming Windows 10 to Raspberry Pi 2. Microsoft will have much more to share over the coming months,” read the post
“The Raspberry Pi 2-compatible version of Windows 10 will be available free of charge to makers.”
According to Mr. Upton, existing Raspberry Pi units have already sold to the tune of 4.5 million units, despite the market having become rather congested with similar products from rival developers.
“We’re selling about 200,000 a month now,” Upton added
“The surprise to us is that people don’t buy just one Raspberry Pi,”
“There are a lot of people with five or six. And we think those people are naturally going to want this,”
“We are very, very close to it being the bestselling British computer. I think another half a million and we will go past the Sinclair Spectrum as the bestselling British computer.”