The Raspberry Pi Zero is a fantastic, miniature version of the Raspberry Pi that shrinks the board down to about the size of a stick of gum, but one problem with it is the lack of wireless features. The Raspberry Pi Zero W is a new version that packs in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for double the price of the original Zero.
The Raspberry Pi Zero W comes with most of the same specs as the standard Pi Zero, but adds in the same 802.11n Wireless LAN and Bluetooth that the Raspberry Pi 3 has. The CPU and RAM are the same as the standard Pi Zero, which are essentially the same as the earliest Raspberry Pi 1 models. Here’s a breakdown of the full specs on the Raspberry Pi Zero W:
- 1GHz, Single-core CPU
- 512MB RAM
- Mini HDMI and USB On-The-Go ports
- Micro USB power
- HAT-compatible 40-pin header
- Composite video and reset headers
- CSI camera connector
- 802.11n wireless LAN
- Bluetooth 4.0
The Raspberry Pi Zero W also happens to arrive on the 5th anniversary of the very first Raspberry Pi, so now seems like a good time to compare the specs on all the available models. At this point, this includes the increasingly hard to parse names, Raspberry Pi 3, Pi 2 Model B, Pi 1 model B+, Pi 1 Model A+, and the Zero (click to enlarge):
Alongside the Raspberry Pi Zero W, The Raspberry Pi Foundation is also releasing an official case that looks basically like the full-size case, but cut in half. The case comes with three different interchangeable lids that can add easier access to the GPIO or the camera module. It will fit both the Raspberry Pi Zero and Raspberry Pi Zero W.
Hopefully this model won’t be as notoriously hard to find as the base Raspberry Pi Zero, so keep an eye on Adafruit and element14 in the US, and The Pi Hut, Pimoronia, and the Raspberry Pi Swag Store in Europe. You can find out more over at the Raspberry Pi Foundation.