Raspberry Pi Zero: The Cheapest Yet Versatile Computer That You Can Buy for Just $5

Owning a powerful computing machine is something that not many of us can afford but thanks to the introduction of Raspberry Pi Zero, everyone who has $5 in spare cash with them can afford it. Yes, that is correct, Raspberry Pi Zero only costs $5, making it much cheaper than the company’s original Raspberry Pi Model B and its successors, which have been sold in the range of $20-$35. The very surprising thing about Raspberry Pi Zero is that despite its low price tag, it is able to deliver up to 40 percent more performance compared to Raspberry Pi 1.

Specifications of Raspberry Pi Zero

Thanks to the featured 1GHz single core processor made on the ARM11 architecture, programmers and users alike will get more performance from it. The single core chip is present inside a Broadcom BCM2835 AP (or application processor), along with 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM. Naturally, the company had to stick with a RAM chip that delivered less bandwidth compared to DDR3 and DDR4 speeds in order to keep the pricing competitive.

There is also a microSD card slot and microUSB ports for the purpose of transferring data and powering up the extremely affordable computer. The remaining specifications have been listed below:

  • A miniHDMI port for 1080p60 video output
  • A 40-pin GPIO header
  • Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
  • Composite video header

The Smallest Computer There Is?

Raspberry is not only the most affordable, but also the smallest computer that the company has ever built so far. It measures in at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm, which only means that it will be able to fit into the most smallest of openings and form factors without giving any trouble of fitting in. For programmers out there, this is perhaps the best present they could receive from a tech company. There are several thousand units that have been made and as demand increases, so will the number of units.


  • Only after few years, it will be available in a few online outlets in Pakistan, with a price tag of almost 3000 rupees…this is how ‘Digital Pakistan’ is moving ahead.

      • Before going for rpi2 I’d researched on it a lot (and other development boards). It’s bit unstable than raspberry pi and lacks user community.

  • I see potential as a torrent + file server. Has anyone tried using it to serve files within the home network + run a torrent server off of it?

    • Want to know what can be the possible applications of raspberry pi?
      Where can i get a beginner level knowledge on this?

      • You can think raspberry pi as a computer that will control the hardware for you (to turn on/off certain devices under certain circumstances), best place to learn about it is its official forum;
        raspberrypi.org/forums/
        Also check out
        hackster.io/raspberry-pi
        you will find an awesome collection of projects based on raspberry pi & other development boards.

      • You can think raspberry pi as a computer that will control the hardware for you (to turn on/off certain devices under certain circumstances), best place to learn about it is its official forum;
        raspberrypi[dot]org/forums/
        Also check out
        hackster[dot]io/raspberry-pi
        you will find an awesome collection of projects based on raspberry pi & other development boards. (replace [dot] with actual dot symbol .)

  • You forgot to mention, its sold out… worldwide .
    At least for now, you’ll be suuuuper lucky to get one of these even from the official store!

  • Can i install windows on this thing and join multiple pis together to make one big supercomputer-ish machine???


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