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Raspberry Pi 2 - Part 1 : Hardware

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Raspberry Pi

In this first article, I’ll talk about the latest #Raspberry #Pi 2 hardware, and what you can do with it. In a latter post, I’ll detail various things you can do with your Pi 2, and eventually in a last article I’ll guide you through the full install process. Stay tuned!

Compared to the Raspberry Pi 1 it has:

  • A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU ( vs single-core 700Mhz ARM1176 CPU on Pi 1)
  • 1GB RAM (vs 512 MB on Pi 1)

Like the (Pi 1) Model B+, it also has:

  • 4 USB ports
  • 40 GPIO pins
  • Full HDMI port
  • Ethernet port
  • Combined 3.5mm audio jack and composite video
  • Camera interface (CSI)
  • Display interface (DSI)
  • Micro SD card slot
  • VideoCore IV 3D graphics core

Price tag is the same, around $35. However, connectors are more easier to access, ie: located in a better way (see photos in this post), and the SD card has been replaced by a micro SD.

Pictures

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Comparisons

So it is worth getting a Pi 2 vs a Pi 1? Yes, definitely! Unless you have only SD card left and do not want to buy a micro SD you should really go for a Pi 2 for the same price of the Pi 1!

Various benchmarks over internet show that the Pi 2 is about 6 times faster than a Pi 1. However compared to  “regular” small PCs such as NUC, the Pi 2 is much slower (and cheaper).

Keep checking us in order to see what you can do, and what you can’t with your Pi2 in a coming article.