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Differences Between the Raspberry Pi 2 B and the Raspberry Pi B+

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

After three years the Pi has been updated. The biggest changes are a faster quad-core processor and the memory has been expanded to1GB of RAM.

The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B features a quad-core ARM Cortex A7 running at 1GHz with 1GB of RAM. This chip uses the ARMv7 architecture instead of the ARMv6 of the original Raspberry Pi.

Even though the processor and the memory has been updated, the rest has been unchanged and it is basically identical to the Raspberry Pi B+.

Software Compatibility

The software for the Raspberry Pi 2 is backwards compatible with the Raspberry Pi 1. But old software won't make the Raspberry Pi 2 start. So you'll need to upgrade your images if you plan use your existing SD cards with old software in the Raspberry Pi 2.

Hardware Compatibility

The Raspberry Pi 2 has the same for factor as the Raspberry Pi B+. Nearly all cases for the Pi 1 B+ should be compatible with the Pi 2 B. Beware the CPU is slightly bigger. This might cause problems with some cases.

The GPIO seems to be the same as the Raspberry Pi B+ with a 40 pin header.

In Short

The faster and larger CPU of the Raspberry Pi 2 will open a few doors for new developments. It will be able to run Android and there is even a version of Windows 10 in development for this tiny computer.

Where to get it?

If you want to shop for Raspberry Pi products, visit our Raspberry Pi shopping area.

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