Raspberry Pi 5: expected release date, rumored specs, price

The still unannounced Raspberry Pi 5 could well be the foundation's next major hit, yet remains enswathed in rumors

Raspberry Pi 5: expected release date, rumored specs, price

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Several Raspberry Pi 5 rumors are now circulating across the internet with fans and enthusiasts itching for the brand to finally reveal official information regarding its next product. In this post, we’ve compiled every existing rumor available on the Raspberry Pi 5, including the expected release date, possible specs, and potential price point.

Is there going to be a Raspberry Pi 5?

The Raspberry Pi 5 is expected to be released in early to mid-2023. According to Raspberry CEO and founder Eben Upton, the company is planning to build the upgraded version of the single board and aims to focus on enhancing a faster processor, more than 8GB of RAM, quicker USB connectivity, faster Wi-Fi, and 2.5Gb Ethernet.

If we follow the multitude of reveals the company has undergone since 2012, when the first Raspberry Pi was released, it never has shown any systematic release timeframe as one might see in other markets, such as tablets and smartphones. Instead, Raspberry is continuing to reveal upgrades every one to two years apart.

Raspberry Pi ModelReleased Date
Raspberry Pi 1BJune 2012
Raspberry Pi 1B+July 2014
Raspberry Pi 2BFebruary 2015
Raspberry Pi 3BFebruary 2016
Raspberry Pi 3B+March 2018
Raspberry Pi 4BJune 2019
Raspberry Pi 5BMid-2023?

The Website Raspberrytips.com published a chart with a compilation of release dates for previous Raspberry iterations. This information revealed a difference of a year or two between each new model, although it has been three years since the Pi 4B was released.

Despite the long wait, there shouldn’t be too much concern, as there’s a logical reason behind the delay. Back in 2020 when the pandemic hit, the Raspberry Pi foundation, along with almost every other tech company, suffered major impacts due to the fall of the market and demand. This led to a shortage of components and a lack of chips to build single-board computers.

When the economy improved, people discovered new hobbies, gained more time, and learned new things. loT companies had quite a major demand for their products and services as everybody aggressively bought up Raspberry builds, low-cost and powerful general purpose single board computers. And Upton’s foundation faced an increase in demand it wasn’t ready to fulfill.

The company is recovering from that, but the situation led to a delay in the release of the Raspberry Pi 4A model, which is the smaller version of the latest Pi 4. So, in order for us to see a Raspberry Pi 5, first we need to wait for the company to reveal the 4A version. This is the main reason most have concluded that the Pi 5 will be unveiled in early to mid-2023.

Raspberry Pi 5: Expected Specs (rumor)

Raspberry Pi has a consistent history of adding considerable improvements to every new iteration of its system. The simplicity of the components allows the company to make major enhancements while keeping costs low. Because of the upstanding consistent upgrades behind the foundation, we can expect considerable improvements in the next iteration of its system.

Raspberry Pi ModelCPU
Raspberry Pi 1B1x ARM1176JFZ-S 700 MHz
Raspberry Pi 2B4x Cortex A7 – 900 MHz
Raspberry Pi 3B4x Cortex A53 – 1.2 GHz
Raspberry Pi 3B+4x Cortex A53 – 1.4 GHz
Raspberry Pi 4B4x Cortex A72 – 1.5 GHz (boosted to 1.8 GHz with Bullseye)
Raspberry Pi 5B4x Cortex A76 – 2.0 GHz (rumor)

In many interviews, Upton has stated that the new Raspberry Pi 5B should show a clear improvement in CPU, RAM, and connectivity. In the previous table, we can see an expected improvement for the Pi 5, as it’s rumored to go from a current 1.5GHz to 2.0GHz boost built under the same Broadcom chip architecture.

It has been several years since Broadcom started making the SoC for Raspberry’s boards. There have been rumors that the foundation may try to make chips with an architecture of its own, however, due to the lack of stock and the high demand its devices are facing, the foundation would not be able to build the architecture on time for the reveal of the Raspberry Pi 5.

As a result of the changes to the Pi 5, it should start with as much as 16GB of LPDDR5 SDRAM, which is faster and more power efficient than its predecessor’s 8GB LPDDR4 SDRAM.

CPUQuad-core Cortex-A76 (ARM v8.2) 64-bit SoC @ 2GHz
WiFi2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.2
Display ports2 × traditional HDMI ports
SD/MMCMicro-SD card slot for loading OS and data
USB port5V DC via USB-C connector
GPIO5V DC via GPIO header

Raspberry Pi 5: Pricing

It’s expected that the Raspberry Pi 5 price will suffer a little bump. This would be normal considering the enhancements in performance and specs in comparison to the firm’s previous models.

Raspberry has made various efforts to maintain a standard initial price for every one of its new devices released in the B category. Since the reveal of the Raspberry Pi 1B, we’ve seen a starting price of $35. Considering the higher expected improvement on the new iteration, namely the default to 8-16GB of RAM, 4x USB 3 ports, and the addition of an eMMC slot, we might see a starting price between $40 to $60 for the Raspberry Pi 5.

Nevertheless, we can’t say much about it due to the emerging lack of stock the foundation is still facing. People are still queueing to get a device and as the law of supply and demand states, prices are still over the roof. Thus, we expect the situation to improve before the new Raspberry Pi 5 is revealed, so we don’t have to pay an outrageous amount for the computer.