Raspberry Pi 3 micro-computer adds Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, still costs USD$35

The third generation Raspberry Pi micro-computer is once again pushing the envelope when it comes to what USD$35 can buy you. Dubbed the Raspberry Pi 3 B, the tiny device now ships with a 64-bit processor, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth while maintaining its predecessor’s price-tag.

The Raspberry Pi 3 B is designed to be a tiny, affordable computer that can be used as a super-low-budget desktop replacement, as the brain of an internet of things project, or as a basic server. While the Raspberry Pi 3 B can't run the desktop version of Windows 10, users wanting a desktop operating system can install one of the many freely available Linux distributions available and optimised for the micro-computer. 

In terms of hardware, the Raspberry Pi 3 B features a 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, 1GB of RAM, 802/11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.1, an Ethernet port, a HDMI connector, four USB 2.0 slots, and a microSD card reader.

The Raspberry Pi 3 B has no internal storage (a microSD card is required), and doesn't come with a power supply. An optional micro USB power supply is available for about AUD$14, or alternatively, owners can use an existing 2.5A micro USB cable.

Locally, RS Online and Element 14 are ranging the Raspberry Pi 3 B for AUD$62 (including GST). An official enclosure will cost an additional AUD$13. 



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