jamesh wrote:People think about new CPU/RAM need to drop their expectations - those are simply not new features! That's a major product release!
And try to remember the cost of the Zero - it's $5 (I assume it's staying the same price). Big changes are expensive.
Small changes aside, this discussion got me thinking about what is required to get a Pi Zero operational. For the most part, it looks like almost everyone is setting up WiFi on their Zeros. That means, as a fairly common denominator, it looks like you need a microSD card, OTG cable and USB Wifi card.
If we ignore shipping, this sets you up with roughly the following costs:
- Pi Zero: USD 5.00
- OTG Cable: USD 1.30 (USD 1.37 on DealExtreme)
- MicroSD card: USD 4.00 (you should be able to get a reasonable 8GB card for this)
- USB WiFi dongle: USD 5.50 (USD 5.57 on DealExtreme - Edup adaptor, works on Pi Zero)
This leaves you on USD 15.80 all up, assuming you already have a power supply.
I think you can thus assume that for most people, getting a Pi Zero running costs about USD 15.00. If it were possible to add onboard wireless and (let's say) 4Gb of onboard flash, you probably would have a retail price point of USD 15.00 to play with. (Forget the fact that the CHIP "retails" for USD 9.00 - it has no community.)
I seem to recall that the cost of adding wireless to the Pi3 was in the region of USD 2.50. I suspect onboard flash would be that or less. Based on that, I suspect it may be possible to go to market at a price point of between USD 10.00 and USD 12.00 with these features added. The issue with WiFi is regulatory certification - that is an expensive and tedious process.
For that matter, I would happily pay USD 10.00 for a Pi Zero with WiFi and no onboard flash.