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Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Powers Open-Source Handheld

The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is a tiny powerhouse of a computer that punches far, far above its weight and cost. The latest Raspberry Pi is suitable for running some desktop applications, let down only by its 512MB of RAM. Keep within that limitation, however, and it’s a very capable basis for projects such as handheld computers, epitomised by this excellent retro-style sub-notebook cooked up by GitHub user Penk.

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Penk Chen's Penkesu Computer, based on a Raspberry Pi Zero W 2

(Image credit: Penk Chen)
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Penk Chen's Penkesu Computer, based on a Raspberry Pi Zero W 2

(Image credit: Penk Chen)
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Penk Chen's Penkesu Computer, based on a Raspberry Pi Zero W 2

(Image credit: Penk Chen)
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Penk Chen's Penkesu Computer, based on a Raspberry Pi Zero W 2

(Image credit: Penk Chen)

The Penkesu Computer is designed around its display, and re-purposes the hinges from a Game Boy Advance SP to help keep it compact. The display is a Waveshare 7.9 inch capacitive touchscreen, 400 x 1280 resolution, connected via a ribbon cable adapter to the Zero 2 W’s mini HDMI output.