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Raspberry Pi Model B gets more power, faster connectivity

16 March 2018

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has made the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ official during the official Pi day yesterday and the new model comes with the same, but improved Broadcom SoC with higher 1.4GHz clock, much better connectivity with dual-band WiFi and faster Ethernet, and the same price of $35.

The B+'s four USB 2.0 ports can be seen on the right of the board, just above the upgraded Ethernet port.

Further, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ supports Bluetooth 4.2, Bluetooth Low Energy, and dual-band wireless local-area networks at 2.4GHz and 5GHz.

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Towards the top edge of the board is the 40-pin header, which allows the Pi 3 B+ to interact with other electronic hardware.

The latest Pi has the same $35 price, 86 x 56 dimensions, 40-pin header, and other features as the previous model, and has an nearly identical layout, thereby ensuring backward compatibility. The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is basically a successor edition of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B with more advanced technical specifications compare to the original device. The Pi Foundation says it may upgrade the Raspberry Pi 1A+, presumably to a model B, sometime soon as well.

Raspberry launched its latest raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ on March 14, 2018.

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation on Wednesday announced that it's now selling the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

Lastly, the Model B+ comes complete with Power over Ethernet (PoE), which hasn't officially been supported until now.

The Successor edition has a set of noticeable improvements and for that reason, the company has named it the B+ model and not the whole new edition, Raspberry Pi 4. But if you get your hands on a 3B+, you'll find bandwidth of up to 46.7Mbps over 2.4GHz and 102Mbps over 5GHz. It will sit alongside the Pi 3 and older models, too, rather than replace them - though co-founder Eben Upton has suggested that there's little reason for end users to pick the older Pi 3 over its enhanced successor. So no matter where you live, chances are you'll be able to get one pretty quickly such is the maturity of the supply chain today.

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Raspberry Pi Model B gets more power, faster connectivity