The Raspberry Pi 2 Makes A Big Difference Even For Web Browsing

Written by Michael Larabel in Raspberry Pi on 2 February 2015 at 10:26 AM EST. 27 Comments
The just-announced Raspberry Pi 2 is said to be six times faster than the original Raspberry Pi thanks to finally moving over to ARMv7 and going with a quad-core SoC design. While the RPi2 doesn't compete with the higher-end ARM SBCs that cost more and perform dramatically better, the Raspberry Pi 2 speed improvement is very noticeable even for tasks like web browsing.

Marco Barisione of Collabora has written about the WebKit speed on the new Raspberry Pi 2. On Marco's blog he wrote about how the RPi2 web performance is much faster than the original Raspberry Pi. The RPi2 with Raspbian is now able to deliver a "good browsing experience with smooth 720 videos, good responsivity, etc."

For showing off the Raspberry Pi vs. Raspberry Pi 2 performance for web browsing, Marco recorded the video below:

I can't wait to see some Phoronix Test Suite / results for this $35 ARM development board.
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