|Spec||Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W|
|Processor||1GHz BCM2835 Arm v7 Quad Core Arm Cortex A53|
|RAM||512MB LPDDR2 SDRAM|
|GPIO 40 Pin|
|WiFi||2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n WiFi|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.1, BLE|
|Ports||Mini HDMI, 2x micro USB ports (power + data via USB 2.0), CSI-2 Camera Connector|
|Power Requirements||5V DC 2.5A|
The Pi Zero 2 W uses a BCM2835 Arm v7 Quad Core Arm Cortex A53 processor which can reach speeds up to 1GHz. Despite the beefy CPU, it only has 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM which may seem a bit limiting. It has a 40-pin, GPIO header that arrives unsoldered like its predecessors.
It offers both 2.4GHz WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1 support but also has the usual selection of ports including one mini HDMI input and two micro USB ports (one used for power with the other reserved for data via USB 2.0). Users can also take advantage of a CSI-2 camera connector. Like previous models, the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W accepts 5V for power.
Overall the new board offers plenty to consider itself an upgrade but it’s not a huge leap away from what we’re used to with the Pi Zero line. If you have an old Pi Zero case lying around, it will fit the new Pi Zero 2 W. If you have a Pi Zero project lying around, the Pi Zero 2 W will likely provide a noticeable performance boost—as long as you avoid overloading the 512MB of RAM.
To get a closer look at the new Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W, check out the full product brief provided by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and be sure to check back with us for our full review.
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