Raspberry Pi 5 now available to pre-order

 (Raspberry Pi Ltd)
(Raspberry Pi Ltd)

UK national treasure the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the Raspberry Pi 5, its latest circuit-board computer.

The Raspberry Pi 5 starts at £59.30, and is available to pre-order now. It is due to begin shipping in October.

What’s special about this new generation? The Raspberry Pi is “2-3x” faster than its predecessor, the Raspberry Pi 4.

It uses a fresh Broadcom processor that has signifiant similarities with the CPUs seen in some of today’s phones.

There’s a HDMI video connector on the Raspberry Pi 5 board, and you can connect up to two 4K monitors running at 60Hz.

The Raspberry Pi 5 arrives just over four years after the announcement of the Raspberry Pi 4, in 2019.

It was designed in Cambridge, and is manufactured in Pencoed, in South Wales, in partnership with Sony UK.

The Raspberry Pi team says it’s working on a new version of the official Raspberry Pi OS software in time for the Raspberry Pi 5’s release.

There will be 8GB and 4GB versions of the mini computer, and The Pi Hut is the primary retailer for us folks in the UK.

A bunch of changes have been made this time, including added support for more data-hungry add-ons, but the audio jack of the last generation has been removed.

The announcement of a Raspberry Pi 5 in 2023 is something of a turnaround for the company. In late 2022, CEO Eben Upton suggested we’d have to wait until at least 2024 to get a new Pi, thanks to supply-chain headaches, as reported by Extreme Tech.

What can a Raspberry Pi do?

What can you do with a Raspberry Pi? You could set one up as a full computer, without spending anything on software thanks to the sheer amount of free stuff out there.

Some turn their Raspberry Pis into retro video-game controls, using emulator software, or media jukeboxes to supply entertainment throughout their home.

The number one intended use of a Raspberry Pi, though, is as an educational tool.

It can help teach kids, and adults, how computer systems work —and act as a portal to leaning how to code.

You’ll find masses of tutorials and learning resources over at the Raspberry Pi website.

If you’re starting out, you might want to try the simplified programming language, Scratch, which introduces programming concepts in a more digestible way.

A Raspberry Pi won’t take the hard work out, but does mean your home’s “main” PC is freed up.

At the 10-year anniversary of the first Raspberry Pi, in 2022, it was announced more than 40 million of the circuit-board computers had been sold.