Well this is a nice surprise to wake up to on a Thursday, as the Raspberry Pi 5 is now formally announced with some impressive specs. So here's the details.
Coming at the end of October you'll be able to grab either a 4GB ($60 / £60) or 8GB ($80 / £80) model. They say "virtually every aspect of the platform has been upgraded" and that it's "over twice as fast as its predecessor" with their own silicon designed in-house in the UK.
- 2.4GHz quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex-A76 CPU
- VideoCore VII GPU, supporting OpenGL ES 3.1, Vulkan 1.2
- Dual 4Kp60 HDMI® display output
- 4Kp60 HEVC decoder
- Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi®
- Bluetooth 5.0 / Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
- High-speed microSD card interface with SDR104 mode support
- 2 × USB 3.0 ports, supporting simultaneous 5Gbps operation
- 2 × USB 2.0 ports
- Gigabit Ethernet, with PoE+ support (requires separate PoE+ HAT, coming soon)
- 2 × 4-lane MIPI camera/display transceivers
- PCIe 2.0 x1 interface for fast peripherals
- Raspberry Pi standard 40-pin GPIO header
- Real-time clock
- Power button
They made two videos to go along with the announcement, one without talking and one with Eben Upton going over the details, both can be viewed below:
If you're after benchmarks, it seems they sent Phoronix an early unit. Going by their benchmarks, it really is an impressive leap over the RPi4. I'm trying to convince myself I don't need it…
With new hardware, comes new software, and so they will also be releasing a brand new version of their first-party Raspberry Pi OS, built on top of the most recent Debian release and that will release mid-October shortly before the RPi5 launches officially in late-October.
The announcement post goes over a little history, including a note about how they managed to sell over 14 million of the RPi4 which is pretty impressive.