In 2012 a single board computer released onto the market that would change the way we see single board computing and that computer is the Raspberry Pi.
Raspberry Pi is a small little single-board computer that allows people to do things such as develop software, watch movies, mine cryptocurrency, and there are many things for you to discover. You’re probably thinking that your smartphone can do all that, but then smartphone probably costs a lot more than US$35.
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What is Raspberry Pi?
Raspberry Pi models of motherboard are available across the world. The third generation model is quick convenient and fast. It comes in the size of a credit card just like a single board computer which can be used for various purposes. It is compatible with every latest add ons thus has seen a surge in the market to buy the same. The Pi3 model motherboard of Raspberry has been quite in demand and there has been lot of confusion regarding the model as there are many manufacturers of the same. In various countries, the same Raspberry Pi3 is made as well as is available. The first question that ticks the mind of buyers is whether there is any difference between the English (original, as said) and in Chinese version of the same?
Well, here we will try to look out of there is any difference or not and what so that our readers can understand before they ought to buy it.
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Similarities among the two versions
The English as well as Chinese version has 1.2 GHz quad core processor with 64 bit with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options. The connectivity is quick without the need of any external devices. The motherboard comes with Chip antenna, Micro USB connector having 2.5A of power supply. Buyers get 1GB LPDDR2 memory, dual core multimedia processor and it supports Windows 10, Linux and all other.
Difference between Raspberry Pi made in UK vs. made in China?
The English version of the Raspberry Pi3 is marketed as the original one but we don’t know whether there is any difference between it and the cheaper Chinese version. One of the obvious things is that the original English one is made in UK and advertised as same. Also the motherboard is designed to be fully automatic so there is hardly any different in the machine. The components used for the English version are quite similar to those used in the cheaper Chinese version.
So is there any difference?
Well there is hardly any difference among the two. It’s just the motherboard’s memory that is different i.e. one is of Hynix while the other is of Micron. The Chinese version is bit cheaper than the English version. Apart from it, be it design wise, look wise and function wise, both the version are identical. Only their place of origin/ manufacturing factory is different.
Which one should one prefer?
As there is hardly any difference in both the versions, users can go with any of them. The Chinese version is cheaper and gives the same functionality. Also the English version might Overclock and gets hotter as compared to the Chinese version. So if you not wish to overclock your Raspberry Pi3 motherboard, you should go with the cheaper version i.e. Chinese version. Yes it might be possible that the Chinese version is cheaper so the components may not be of the same quality even though the components used are same. But that is just an assumption it might not be true.
So based on the detail analysis, one can sum up to Raspberry Chinese and English version as same just their origin is different.
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English version: $37.35
Chinese version: $37.16
Uses of Raspberry Pi
#1 – Desktop Computer
You can simply use it as a desktop now what I recommend is when you first get your Raspberry Pi install raspbian rezian is the most basic version of a desktop that you can have on the Raspberry Pi running directly from it. As a matter of fact raspbian was built for Raspberry Pi as a Linux distribution that works light and fast so what can you do with the raspbian desktop well anything that you can do with a regular computer you can run their own version of an audio player you can watch videos you can even play some games that run on Python.
#2 – Raspberry Pi as a Chromecast Alternative
It can play your YouTube videos or any sort of songs you can listen to on sound cloud it’s all based on a small plugin that you can find on the Chrome Web Store called raspberry cast.
#3 – Raspberry Pi as an Android Alternative
You can install a version of Android TV onto your Raspberry Pi it runs well but it still needs a little bit of tweaking now although it’s still in its beginning stages and still in a beta format.
#4 – Raspberry Pi as a Media Streaming
You can run the Kodi software off of the Raspberry Pi now Cody runs really well on the Raspberry Pi for many different reasons and for many uses as well if you can build a dedicated Raspberry Pi as your home theater.
#5 – Raspberry Pi for Emulators
It is easy to set up – just load them up into a USB stick plug it into your Raspberry Pi and that’s big it’ll automatically load onto your retropie now from this point on all you have to do is play your games.
You can start to build yourself an arcade cabinet and put retro ply on your Raspberry Pi and play it hands down!