Raspberry Pi 3 Announced: Integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

The first details and photos of a new model of Raspberry Pi have emerged on the Internet. This will be the Pi’s 3rd huge model, if we’re not counting the budget option, called Raspberry Pi Zero.

This new model will have built-in Wi-Fi, thus making connectivity no longer an issue if you don’t want to always have your Pi hooked to an Ethernet cable. The Ethernet port is here to stay, though, as it would be a stupid decision to take it out. The new Pi will also support Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), making certain projects easier to create.

This will be the first model announced for this year, after last year saw two major Raspberry Pi models: the Raspberry Pi 2, and the 5 dollar Raspberry Pi Zero. The Raspberry Pi 2 was a huge improvement over the original models, and if the Pi 3 will be any similar, then it will also feature way better internals, and will push boundaries even further.

Existence of the Raspberry Pi 3 was confirmed by the lab results Raspberry has sent to the US communications watchdog, FCC (Federal Communications Commission).

The new model schematics have not been revealed to the public by request of Raspberry, but from the photos we can obviously see that the Raspberry Pi 3 will keep the credit card form, and it will sport similar components to the Pi 2: a familiar Broadcom system-on-chip, HDMI port, SD card slot, wired Ethernet socket, and 40 general-purpose IO pins.

Raspberry Pi is a small, credit card-sized computer, which was first released in 2011 as a way for kids to learn programming. Since then, there have been several models released, each with several variations. The main difference between the models has always been the hardware and the price.

So far, Raspberry has refused to comment on the leak.

Below, you can find the leaked photographs:

Update: Raspberry Pi 3 officially announced

It seems as the leaks were true, as the Raspberry Pi 3 was officially announced and released this week, with the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the Raspberry Pi. The new micro computer costs 35 dollars, and it not only features the leaked Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, while also packing better components. That being said, the new Raspberry Pi 3 will feature a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU, which should output 10 times the performance of the first Raspberry Pi.

If you’re wondering what 10 times the performance means, here is an extract from the official FAQ:

“10x is a typical figure for a multi-threaded CPU benchmark like SysBench. Real-world applications will see a performance increase of between 2.5x (for single-threaded applications) and >20x (for NEON-enabled video codecs).”

What about the other models? Here is what Raspberry had to say about them:

Are you discontinuing earlier Raspberry Pi models?

No. We have a lot of industrial customers who will want to stick with Raspberry Pi 1 or 2 for the time being. We’ll keep building these models for as long as there’s demand. Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+ and Raspberry Pi 2 Model B will continue to sell for $25 and $35 respectively.

What about Model A+?

Model A+ continues to be the $20 entry-level Raspberry Pi for the time being. We do expect to produce a Raspberry Pi 3 Model A, with the Model A+ form factor, during 2016.


The Raspberry Pi 3 is available right now for 35 dollars at online retailers element14 and RS Components, and other resellers.