And there was light! It has finally been officially announced the new Raspberry Pi 5, which arrives with a renewed assortment of features, a component of its board that has been designed in-house and much more power. Below, we review its technical characteristics, its possibilities and, of course, its release date and price.
There were rumors saying that we would have to wait to get our hands on the Raspberry Pi 5 until next year 2024. But the Raspberry Pi Foundation wanted to cut them short by announcing with great fanfare the launch of this new generation of your single-board computer. It will arrive at the end of October and could become the perfect Christmas gift for many technology-loving users.
Small and much more bully
With its fifth generation, the original essence of the Raspberry Pi is maintained and juicy new features are incorporated that will turn the device into a candy highly desired by users. Its processor is a quad-core, 64-bit Arm Cortex-A76 model that operates at a frequency of 2.4 GHz, which means that the team’s developers have done their homework very well compared to the previous generation. In figures, it could be said that, with this new version, performance improves between two and three times what the Raspberry Pi 4 was capable of providing, which is not bad at all.
Among its main components, the most important thing is to talk about the RP1 chip, a southbridge that has been developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation itself to which can provide the best performance possible on the computer. Thanks to this, the Raspberry can now manage the Input/Output functions internally without depending on the use of a controller manufactured by another company. In practice it means having much more control of the equipment and ensuring that it provides maximum performance. According to the Foundation, thanks to the work they have done with this chip, transfer speeds will be faster when using peripherals and external drives connected by USB.
Comes to hit hard
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has great confidence in this new generation of its equipment. They have planned that it will be in production until 2035, which will allow them to get a lot of use out of it and, at the same time, ensure that all users who are interested in it can acquire it without difficulties. Regarding the problems of the production chain and the difficulty that has been experienced in other times to access the latest Raspberry Pi models, representatives of the foundation assure that they have been accumulating chips for some time so that nothing happens. They are aware that the Christmas campaign is approaching and, apparently, they have everything prepared so that no one is left without their Raspberry Pi 5.
It is not bad news in view of the fact that this new generation of equipment is loaded with interesting features, such as an 800MHz VideoCore VII graphics chip in which great confidence has been placed by the technical improvement that it will bring compared to the previous model. In addition, it has two micro-HDMI ports that will give you the opportunity to connect two 4K displays with the best performance (HDR and 60 Hz). There are also two USB 3.0 ports with speeds of up to 5 Gbps, two USB 2.0 ports and a USB-C port used for electrical connection. There is no MIPI camera port missing, as well as a microSD card reading unit with a performance improvement over the previous generation through the use of SDR104.
Of course, included the usual connectivity options which the previous Raspberry Pi already had, such as a Gigabit Ethernet port, Bluetooth 5.0, Bluetooth LE and WiFi 5 802.11ac. Likewise, special mention must be made of another feature that has been added compared to the previous model: a PCI Express 2.0 interface that will allow connection of broadband peripherals at a higher level than usual. Of course, the foundation mentions that users will need an additional adapter to use it.
Finally, we have two good news. The price practically does not change compared to the previous generation model. It has risen a little, but it is a fairly irrelevant increase. We will have to pay $60 for the 4 GB RAM version and $80 for the 8 GB version. There will be no versions with a smaller quantity of RAM, although the foundation has confirmed that it has no intention of withdrawing the Raspberry Pi 4 from the market, which is available with RAM starting at 1 GB. In addition, the stock of the previous version will be reinforced so that users interested in it can purchase it without problems and do not feel pressured to make the jump to a Raspberry Pi 5.
Summary of Raspberry Pi 5 technical features:
- CPU: Broadcom BCM2712 Quad-core Arm Cortex-A76 @ 2.4GHz
- GPU: VideoCore VII with OpenGL ES 3.1 and Vulkan 1.2 support
- RAM: 4/8 GB LPDDR4X
- CONNECTIVITY: Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0 / BLE
- PORTS: 2 x micro HDMI (up to 2 x 4K 60Hz simultaneous), 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet with optional PoE, 2 x 4-lane MIPI, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 x GPIO 40 pins
- STORAGE: microSD slot and option for M.2 SSD drives
As you can see, everything looks very good. Technically it has been carried out a major improvement and, right now, the only thing that raises doubts in our minds are the promises about supply. Because we have already seen this type of launches on other occasions and there is concern that what happened years ago will happen again and we will have to look for alternatives. However, you have to trust those stock plans that the Raspberry Foundation has talked about.