Raspberry Pi Zero is a $5 Computer

Raspberry Pi has been churning out cheap computers for quite some time now.  Raspberry Pi computers are not your usual powerful contraptions but are basic computer platforms that are ideal for programmers and DIY enthusiasts.

The previous cheapest Raspberry Pi computer cost around $20-25 but the price of the newest one is simply jaw-dropping.  The Raspberry Pi Zero, believe it or not, is priced at only $5.  That’s about Php250 in Philippine currency.  Whatever Raspberry Pi did to bring the cost down is beyond me.  What’s important is that programmers now have an uber cheap option.


In terms of size, the Raspberry Pi Zero is smaller than the previous iterations but it still packs a lot of features.  The Zero has Broadcom BCM2835 1GHz ARM11 core processor, 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM, a micro-SD card slot, micro USB sockets for data and power, and a mini-HDMI socket for outputting 1080p60.  The set-up has no WiFi or Bluetooth but at this price point, these are not expected.

Raspberry Pi Specs

  • A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
  • 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1)
  • 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • micro-SD card slot
  • mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
  • micro-USB sockets for data and power
  • Unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header
  • Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
  • Unpopulated composite video header
  • Dimensions: 65mm x 30mm x 5mm

Raspberry Pi Zero runs Raspbian and is loaded with applications like Scratch, Minecraft and Sonic Pi.  Only “several tens of thousands of units” have been made available so far and in all likelihood, stocks are depleted at this point.  But Raspberry Pi is making more.

The question is, will it be available in the Philippines somehow?  I hope it does.