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Raspberry Pi Model 3 B+ Released

March 14, 2018

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New Raspberry Pi 3 B+

At last, a new RPi!

The history of Raspberry Pi releases has been exciting from the beginning in 2012. The original RPi ushered in a new era of low-cost and very capable small computer boards. With millions sold around the world, it has provided unprecedented access to computing hardware and programming to experimenters, students, teachers, tech enthusiasts and even commercial interests.

With great anticipation, the Raspberry Pi 3 model B+ was announced for release on March 14, which also happens to be 3-14 "Pi day" (for those who use the month-day calendar format).

While most were happy to see this new release, a few were disappointed instead hoping for a Raspberry Pi 4 model with even more powerful features and specs. The release of the Model 3 B+ likely means that a Raspberry Pi 4 model is now at least a year or two out into the future.

What's new

  • Processor speed increase from 1.2 to 1.4Ghz
  • WiFi gets dual band upping speed to 5Ghz
  • Bluetooth goes from version 4.1 to 4.2 for better speed, security and 'net access
  • Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0 (not full Gigabit, but 3 times faster)
  • While not an enhancement, the new board uses more power, so a 2.5amp supply is recommended

We will do an in-depth analysis of the hardware, performance and the co-released update of the Raspbian OS in a separate article. But for now, this announcement is just another reason to delve into the exciting world of the Raspberry Pi!

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