Raspberry Pi 3 release date

The RPi 3 is available to buy from 29 February - the fourth anniversary of the launch of the original.

Raspberry Pi 3 price

You can buy a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B from various places - it costs £30 from PiHut, £29.99 from NewIT, £31.66 from CPC and £29.99 from ModMyPi

Raspberry Pi 3 specs

Raspberry Pi 3 release date price and specs

Here are the highlights:

  • 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU (~10x the performance of Raspberry Pi 1)
  • Integrated 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4x USB ports
  • Full size HDMI output
  • MicroSD slot
  • MicroUSB port for power
  • 40-pin extended GPIO
  • 4 pole Stereo output and Composite video port
  • CSI camera port for connecting the Raspberry Pi camera
  • Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1 and 2
  • DSI display port for connecting the Raspberry Pi touch screen display

The 10x figure comes from a multi-threaded benchmark like SysBench. RPi says real-world apps will see between a 2.5x and 20x performance boost over the first-gen board.

The older models will still be on sale - the Raspberry Pi doesn't replace them.

The connections are in the same place as the second-gen model and the board can still be powered by a 5V micro-USB power adapter. Raspberry Pi recommends a 2.5A adapter if you're going to be connecting power-hungry USB devices to the Raspberry Pi.

See also: Best Rasperry Pi starter kits and How to set up a Raspberry Pi 3 on a Mac