The Raspberry PI Zero isn’t a low-calorie dessert: it's the newest member to the low-cost computer family from the Raspberry PI foundation. A week after being released, it's sold out everywhere and going 6 to 7 times retail price on eBay. Here are 4 reasons why the Raspberry PI Zero is going to be an awesome success:
1. Market Share
Raspberry PI's have the dominant market share in the hobbyist single board computer market with several million sold. Due to the large market share, there are loads of projects, tutorials, and accessories available for the existing Pi’s. A lot of those resources will still apply to the new Pi due to a similar processor and the same GPIO header. Although, without the camera connector, some projects that rely on capturing images won’t be able to be seamlessly ported over.
Even with the accessories that may be needed--such as the HDMI adapter, micro SD card, and header pins--the price is still lower than a genuine Arduino UNO.
Even with such a low cost, the Raspberry Pi Zero has a lot of features. The Pi Zero still has HDMI out, 1GHz processor, and 512Mb of RAM, which makes it quite a functional computer for such a low cost. The capability of this small computer can be compared to that of desktop computers from the mid-2000’s at near 1/40th of the cost.
One of the biggest changes, aside from the price of the Pi Zero, compared to its predecessors, is its size. The Pi Zero is 60% smaller than the Raspberry Model B+ version of the Pi. This will lead to smaller and lighter projects in the future, such as Pi Zero powered drones!