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    If you have a question that is not answered in this FAQ, please ask it below in the comments.  If your question is specific to your order or status of delivery, please reach out to us in Feedback & Support.

     

    When will the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ be available for purchase?
    The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is available to purchase from Wednesday 14th March 2018 onwards.  We expect that, due to the huge popularity of the product around the globe, the new board will sell out very quickly and you should still place an order to be amongst the first to receive the product when it is back in stock!

     

    US Customers: We'll update you when more stock is available. For now, please back order your unit to reserve your Rasperry Pi!

     

    How much does the new model cost?
    RRP is $35 USD (excluding sales tax, shipping & handling fees).

     

    What is the max limit on how many I can buy?
    As many as you can afford! We’ll make as many as you need.

     

    Are there any accessories that I can purchase for the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+?
    Yes, there are accessories to enable users to get started with their Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+:

     

      16GB NOOBS SD card16GB NOOBS SD card featuring all of the software you would need to get started in the easiest and quickest fashion

      2.5A Raspberry Pi power supply2.5A Raspberry Pi power supply which will enable users to power their Pi and add-on boards all from one power source – maximizing the benefits of the improved power management capabilities on the new Pi 3 Model B+

      Official Raspberry Pi CaseOfficial Raspberry Pi Case

    Raspberry Pi PoE HATRaspberry Pi PoE HAT

     

    Where can I buy the new Pi?
    The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is available to order from the 14th of March from our online stores or via the 'Buy Now' button at element14.com/RaspberryPi.

    Alternatively, please try one of our preferred resellers at:

    View Preferred Resellers

     

    In which countries can the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ be purchased?
    The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is available through our very well established global reseller network in the majority of countries around the globe. Please visit the following to check for availability:

    Click Here

     

    Where can I find more information about the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+?
    More information on the new model, including videos and an array of other content, can be found at: element14.com/raspberrypi.

     

    What about projects using the old board? Can I easily swap to the Pi 3 Model B+?
    The new model has the same form and factor as the previous generation of Raspberry Pi (Pi 3 Model B, Raspberry Pi 2Raspberry Pi 2), and in the majority of use cases you will be able to easily swap to the Pi 3 B+. It will depend, though, on the nature of the project that is being undertaken, due to the use of the on-board WiFi and Bluetooth which now typically uses the UART that used to be referred to by ttyAMA0 in Raspbian, which is now ttyS0 and is available via the GPIO.

     

    What Raspberry Pi model is right for me?
    The new Pi 3 Model B+ board is ideal for customers wishing to develop IoT applications.  It is IoT ready straight out of the box, with improved networking connectivity and thermal dissipation.

    For education-based customers, who might not need the benefits of wireless connectivity but may still be seeking extra performance, we have the very popular Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

    The Raspberry Pi 2 provides an ideal solution for those customers seeking even lower power consumption based projects.

    The compute module suits those customers who are looking for a small form factor to create their own bespoke embedded hardware, “design in” solutions.

     

    Will the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B still be available?
    Yes, the Pi 3 Model B will still be the right board for many customers' needs, hence the Pi 3 Model B will continue to be available for sale.

     

    Will the Raspberry Pi Touchscreen Display work with the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+?
    Yes, the Touchscreen DisplayTouchscreen Display will work with the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ board. For installation follow the connection instructions for the Touchscreen Display.

     

    If the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is not in stock, how long will it be before it becomes available?

    All orders for the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Placing your order now ensures that as soon as we get more units in stock, your new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ will be shipped to you. You can expect to receive your Raspberry Pi 3 within the delivery time quoted on our websites as you added the product to your shopping cart.

     

    When will my new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ arrive?

    With huge global demand for the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, stock is selling out fast. If we were unable to service your need with our initial stock, you can expect to receive your Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ within the delivery time quoted on our websites. We are serving all customers on a first-come, first-serve basis, hence will do our best to deliver your Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ earlier than the date quoted online.

     

    What is the global availability of the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+?

    There is a huge demand around the globe for the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, with stock being shipped as fast as possible. The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ will be available from the 14th of March onward, with thousands of Pis being delivered every week as stock arrives.

     

     

    GETTING STARTED

    What software will be made available and where can I download it?
    New software is available for download on the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s website.  Please visit: http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/ for the latest Pi software.

    Alternatively, you can purchase a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with a 16GB NOOBS MicroSD card with the software pre-loaded to ease getting started. See our accessories listing for full details.

     

    How do I ensure that the built-in wireless LAN and Bluetooth connectivity works with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+?
    IMPORTANT: To ensure the built-in wireless LAN and Bluetooth connectivity operates, you will need to update the operating system on the card to the latest version. Ensure you are connected to the internet via wired ethernet and on first boot please click on the ‘Terminal’ icon and type:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade -y

     

    What versions of Bluetooth and wireless LAN are supported?
    The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ supports BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy 4.2) and wireless LAN IEEE standards 802.11 b/g/n/ac at 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.

     

    Is there a microSD Card available with the new model?
    We recommend that customers purchase a microSD card with the operating systems pre-installed, as it’s the easiest way to get started.

    A new 16GB NOOBS MicroSD card16GB NOOBS MicroSD card, including all of the software you would need to get started quickly and easily is available from element14.

     

    Will the 16GB NOOBS MicroSD Card I receive work with the other models?
    Yes, it will be backwards compatible.

     

    Will the microSD card and Operating System from my previous model of Raspberry Pi work with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+?
    No, if you are using Raspbian you will have to update it first. On your existing Raspberry Pi you can run the following commands from the terminal while connected to the internet:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

    sudo rpi-update

    Alternatively, you can download the latest SD Card image from raspberrypi.org/downloads.

     

    Will the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ support more than just the Raspbian operating system?

    Yes, the Raspberry Pi already supports 7 official operating systems including:

    • Raspbian
    • Windows 10 IoT Core
    • OpenELEC
    • OSMC
    • Arch Linux
    • RISC OS
    • Pidora

     

    Though there may be a delay as these operating systems are rebuilt to support the new hardware components, such as the wireless LAN chip and the on-board Ethernet and USB hub.

     

    Are there wireless LAN and/or Bluetooth available on earlier models of the Raspberry Pi?
    This functionality is not built-in to the previous models before the Pi 3 (Pi2, B+, etc.), but you can gain access to wireless LAN and Bluetooth by using an appropriate USB dongle (we recommend the WiPi dongleWiPi dongle).

     

    Can the Pi 3 Model B+ be overclocked?
    Overclocking any model of the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ is not recommended, typically not supported by raspi-config, and you may void your warranty attempting to do so.

     

    Does the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ benefit from ARMv8 or ARMv7 architecture?

    The Raspberry Pi 3 B+ uses the latest BCM2837B0 processor, containing a quad 64 bit A53 processor running at 1.4GHz.  The processor instruction set is compatible with the ARMv8-A architecture, which includes backwards compatibility with the previous ARMv7-A architecture.  The current 32bit Raspbian distribution will only support the ARMv7-A instruction set and other distributions will be able to take further advantage of the ARMv8-A instructions and 64 bit support.

     

    Is there a size limit on the microSD Card with the new board?
    Cards of size up to 16GB have been tested with Raspberry Pi 3 B+ models; if you choose to use a microSD card of a larger size you do so at your own risk.

     

    What power supply do I need?
    We recommend you use the new official 5.1V, 2.5A Raspberry Pi power supply2.5A Raspberry Pi power supply available from element14. This power supply will enable users to power their Pi and other accessories from one power source, thus maximizing the benefits of the Pi 3 B+’s improved power management capabilities. While older models of the Raspberry Pi were able to run from a 500mA USB port, this is not recommended for optimal operating conditions.

     

    Where can I find schematics for the new model?
    We do not issue schematics.