The Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched a new Pi model, the Pi Zero WH.
The difference between this edition and the current Pi Zero W is its pre-soldered GPIO header. This makes it much easier to start prototyping with a Pi Zero board, because you no longer need to solder pins to the header manually.
The Raspberry Pi Zero WH with pre-soldered header
Mike Buffham, Raspberry Pi Foundation Director of Product Management, explains that the new Zero WH has been launched “to support those customers who did not want to or feel comfortable with soldering the header themselves.”
While Mike clarifies that “it seemed sensible” to solder the GPIO header on during manufacture, the move is “not completely simple.” As the GPIO header is soldered to the opposite side to other components, this means “the boards have to go through the solder baths twice.”
Today is Raspberry Pi’s fifth birthday: it’s five years since we launched the original Raspberry Pi, selling a hundred thousand units in the first day, and setting us on the road to a lifetime total (so far) of over twelve million units. To celebrate, we’re announcing a new product: meet Raspberry Pi Zero W, a new variant of Raspberry Pi Zero with wireless LAN and Bluetooth, priced at only $10.