Finally I get Raspberry Pi 3 – Raspberry Pi 2 Vs Raspberry Pi 3

Raspberry Pi 3

I finally get Raspberry Pi 3 for experiments and further projects! Yaay! 🙂 First of all lets understand the difference between Pi 2 and Pi 3. It will help us in knowing why I opted for Pi 3 and advantages over Pi 2.

If you have missed my previous tutorials series go back and first build a basic robot with Pi. Here is the step by step guide:

Step by Step Tutorial to build basic Pi Robot

  1. Understanding Raspberry PI and Robotics
  2. Assembling Raspberry PI Robot and all electronics
  3. Programming Raspberry PI Robot with Python
  4. Final Raspberry PI robot in Action

Pi 3 is best suited for Robotics tutorials as it has inbuilt WIFI and Bluetooth. I had to purchase separate dongles and packages to make everything work.

Raspberry Pi 3 Specifications

First let’s understand Pi 3 main Specifications:

The Raspberry Pi 3 is the third-generation Raspberry Pi. It replaced the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B in February 2016.

  • Quad Core 1.2GHz Broadcom BCM2837 64bit CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • BCM43438 wireless LAN and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) on board
  • 40-pin extended GPIO
  • 4 USB 2 ports
  • 4 Pole stereo output and composite video port
  • Full size HDMI
  • CSI camera port for connecting a Raspberry Pi camera
  • DSI display port for connecting a Raspberry Pi touchscreen display
  • Micro SD port for loading your operating system and storing data
  • Upgraded switched Micro USB power source up to 2.5A

Raspberry Pi 2 Vs Raspberry Pi 3

Below are the major differences between Pi 2 and Pi 3:

Model Pi 3 Pi 2
Characteristics Performance WIFI/Bluetooth/Ethernet Performance Ethernet
Price $35 $35
Processor BCM2837 quad core linux ARMv7 – 64 bit CPU BCM2836 quad core linux ARMv7 – 32 bit CPU
Speed 1.2Ghz 900Mhz
Memory 1GB 1GB
Typical Power 2.5W(upto 6.5W) 2.5W(upto 4.1W)

I will use Raspberry Pi 3 for all my future projects 🙂 Stay tuned. Next project will be to build a Raspberry Pi Robot controlled by Android Mobile App.

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