Raspberry Pi Zero W is a $10 Linux-friendly computer with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Pi ZeroW

The Raspberry Pi Foundation launched the $5 Pi Zero in late 2015, and it sold out immediately. Every time new batches of stock arrived, they were snapped up in minutes of going on sale.

Launched to coincide with the original Raspberry Pi's fifth birthday, the new Raspberry Pi Zero W is likely to suffer from similar demand. It’s essentially a Pi Zero with the addition of the two features many people have been requesting -- wireless LAN and Bluetooth.

Priced at $10, the Pi Zero W uses the same Cypress CYW43438 wireless chip as Raspberry Pi 3 Model B to deliver 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

The full list of features is as follows:

  • 1GHz, single-core CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • Mini-HDMI port
  • Micro-USB On-The-Go port
  • Micro-USB power
  • HAT-compatible 40-pin header
  • Composite video and reset headers
  • CSI camera connector
  • 11n wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth 4.0

In addition, there’s a new official injection-molded case for the Zero W with three interchangeable lids:

  • A blank one
  • One with an aperture to let you access the GPIOs
  • One with an aperture and mounting point for a camera

Zero W cases

The Raspberry Pi Zero W is available from all the usual Zero distributors from today, with the exception of Micro Center, which is expected to receive stock by the end of the week. Although demand probably won’t be quite as high as for the original Zero, if you’re interested in buying a Zero W you’ll probably want to act fast.

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