The Raspberry Pi 2 is now on sale

For tinkerers and computing enthusiasts alike, the Raspberry Pi has an incredibly useful piece of kit due to the fact that there are very few restrictions on what you can do with it. One of the restrictions has, of course, been the power of the hardware itself, but that’s going to be less of a problem from now on.

Earlier today the Raspberry Pi Foundation and element14 announced a brand new version of the Raspberry Pi base module, The Raspberry Pi 2. It’s more powerful than existing models, it’s backwards compatible, and it’s the same low price of £22.85.

The Raspberry Pi 2 packs a 900MHz Broadcom BCM2836 ARMv7 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, four USB ports, HDMI support and a micro SD port. Those specs mean the Pi 2 is six times more powerful than its predecessors, comes with double the RAM, and should boot up twice as fast.

Backwards compatibility means that people with Raspberry Pi-powered systems are able to swap out the base module for the more powerful Pi 2. Plus because it’s the same basic design as the Pi B+ it means that any cases or third party add ons are also usable with the new machine.

If that wasn’t enough to get you excited, the Pi 2 will also be eligible for a free copy of Windows 10 when it get released.

You can buy yourself your own Raspberry Pi 2 right here for £22.85.

Tom Pritchard