It was on the occasion of Pi Day (3/14 English) that the Raspberry Foundation decided to lift the veil on a new model of its Pi 3, launched two years ago now. On the program, an improvement in the power of this miniature computer, without its price rising.
As Engadget reminds us, the foundation has managed to sell nearly 14 million of these small, low-cost machines over the years. A commercial success which does not prevent it from remaining faithful to its values and from continuing to offer a relatively slow cycle of material upgrades . With this new model (Pi 3 Model B +), it is in particular the speed of the integrated ARM chip and the capacities of the modem part which have been revised upwards.
Without making the revolution, Raspberry Pi therefore offers us a revised and corrected version of its “ flagship ”. The Pi 3 is indeed the most complete device in the range offered by the foundation, and it is thus positioned in front of slightly more basic models (Raspberry Pi Zero and Zero W , in particular). Note that the old versions of the Raspberry Pi 3 (Pi 3 Model B, Pi 2 and Pi 1) are still on sale, at a reduced price for the occasion.
A slightly more muscular technical sheet
Taking advantage of the same dimensions and the same price (35 dollars) as the old model, the Pi 3 Model B + is essentially based on a 1.4GHz quad-core processor from Broadcom (against 1.2 Ghz on the Pi version 3 Model B), 2.4GHz and 5GHz Dual Band (802.11 ac) Wifi connectivity and an Ethernet port capable of reaching the 300 Mbps threshold (three times faster than in the past, says Raspberry Pi).
The latest major innovation is native support for Power over Ethernet (PoE), also known as “power supply via Ethernet cable” in the language of Molière. Needless to say, we prefer the Anglo-Saxon appellation.
The rest of the data sheet remains unchanged and the device is already available from official dealers. You will find the list here by clicking on the “Buy Now” mention.