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Unboxing the supercharged, $35 Raspberry Pi 2 (pictures)

Get a look at the newly unveiled Raspberry Pi 2 model B microcomputer, which its makers say is six times as powerful as its predecessor.

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Meet the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B -- a supercharged sequel to the popular microcomputer. Click through to check it out.

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Here's the back of the box, with a bullet-point list of features to the new board. You can see the packaging itself is impressively compact.

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The board itself is about the size of a credit card (though a bit thicker of course), and comes in this static shielding bag, important for protecting sensitive electronic gadgetry.

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You also get a handy instruction booklet, which has a quick start guide to help you set up your Pi for the first time.

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Here's the board itself. It has a new quad-core 900MHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Its makers say that equates to six times more power than the previous Pi.

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Here's a top-down view of the new board. Apart from a new processor and more RAM, the connections are the same as before, making the Pi 2 backwards compatible with older accessories and projects.

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Here's a view of the back of the new board.

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Here you can see an Ethernet port, alongside four -- count 'em -- USB ports.

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Interestingly, there's going to be a Raspberry Pi-compatible version of Windows 10. It'll be a version that brings developer tools, so it won't be for everyone, but it'll be interesting to see what the union of Windows 10 and Raspberry Pi creates.

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The new board costs $35 -- the same low cost as the first Raspberry Pi model B.

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The Pi 2 model B is on sale from today. Raspberry Pi is one of the most exciting things to happen to computing in recent years, so we can't wait to see what new projects the Pi 2 makes possible.

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