Raspberry Pi Zero in India

A lot of our customers keep asking us about the Raspberry Pi Zero and its availability and pricing in India. We thought we will let them all know where we are on that front.

The Hype:

On 26th Nov 2015 the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the $5 raspberry Pi Zero board and the whole DIY community and Raspberry Pi users went crazy, so did we! It was unrealistic considering the following feature set

  • A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
    • 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1)
  • 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • A micro-SD card slot
  • A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
  • Micro-USB sockets for data and power
  • An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header
    • Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
  • An unpopulated composite video header
  • Smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm

In fact, some of our team members were convinced that Eben Upton made a typo in this post and will soon correct it to $15 or something in that range. Even NDTV wrote a post on the arrival of the Pi Zero, probably a first for the main stream media in India.

The Truth:

It’s been almost two months since that announcement and we have been eagerly following the arrival of the Raspberry Pi Zero in India and we are yet to see it being sold anywhere – forget the $5 pricing. Also $5 in India should have ideally converted to something in the vicinity of Rs.350 (The moment you put that in Indian rupees it looks more ridiculous and impossible – Rs.350 is less than the price of Chinese Arduino Uno Clones!! The only microcontroller board available for that kind of money is the Arduino Pro Mini). Anyways we never expected the Pi Zero to retail for Rs.350 in India, however we thought even a sub Rs.1000 price tag would be very interesting.

First things first, let’s see if the Pi Zero makes to India in the first place. All major distributors of the Raspberry Pi in India have no clue if the Pi Zero is in fact coming at all. We at ePro Labs however got a few through suppliers and friends in other countries and have tried them out – more on that later.