Raspberry Pi Zero production update from Eben Upton

Raspberry Pi Zero production

Good news from Raspberry Pi Trading – Raspberry Pi Zero production is soon to enter a new phase, bringing with it better availability… and something mysterious. Here’s what Eben Upton had to say on a recent Raspberry Pi Forum thread:

Raspberry PI Zero production is restarting in Wales next Monday after a hiatus to allow us to focus on Raspberry Pi 3 (a million units built and counting). We have placed 250ku of new orders, and are aiming to produce at least 50ku/month for the rest of this year. Distribution will continue to be via Pimoroni, Pi Hut, Adafruit and Micro Center for now.

He also added a mysterious hint of something new to be added to the Zero:

To thank you for your patience, we’ve taken advantage of the hiatus to add a (much requested) new feature. I’ll leave you all to guess what it is (it’s not WiFi).


So! What do you reckon the new feature is? Add a comment below with your best guess!


26 comments for “Raspberry Pi Zero production update from Eben Upton

  1. Ok, I’ll guess ethernet. Can’t understand why they cannot just add that little bluetooth-wifi chip like on the Pi 3.

    • I’m sure it’s just a question of space and not wanting to put things on the underside of the board. Mind you, Eben has said that there’s no guarantee of form factor. But, it’s definitely not wifi at the moment!

  2. Wifi and Bluetooth and CSI is unlikely because it uses more space and makes the rpi more expensive.

  3. I hope its an onboard lipo battery circuit so we can power these through a battery. that would be amazing.

  4. It would be nice just to be able to actually get hold of one (Pi Zero) – the last I saw of one was in the hand of Lord Lucan as he rode into the sunset on Shergar…

  5. For my money the new addition will be the camera… absolutely certain…. especially as a new one has been released..

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