The new BBC micro:bit V2

Meet the All-New micro:bit 2nd generation.

We got a chance to film a preview of the preloaded code on the new micro:bit and share a hands on experience with you!

Pre-order new micro:bit today in our shop!

Closer look

At front of two boards, besides the 5×5 LED array with the light sensor to be used as a tiny screen to display words, numbers, and other DIY information, the new version of micro:bit has been added a touch-sensitive logo, microphone and LED indicator. 

On the back of the board, you can see the core of the micro:bit board. The previous version is built with 16MHz, 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller with 256KB Flash, 16KB RAM. New micro:bit comes with larger memory of 512k of RAM and 128k of ROM with built-in Bluetooth Low Energy. 

There is also a built-in temperature sensor, accelerometer sensor, compass, and Bluetooth antenna, micro USB for data transmission and power, and a two-pin JST connector for different power options on the back. The new version of micro:bit also provides additional speaker, power indicator and microphone.

Finally, at the bottom of the board, you will find the last change. The bottom is notched for easier connection with extension boards. There are the same 25 edge pins and five ring connectors for connecting crocodile clips and external components. However, the new version provides an extra GPIO port at the bottom.

Comparison between the current version (v1.5) and the latest version (v2.0)

Current Version (v1.5)Latest Version(v2.0)
ProcessorNordic Semiconductor nRF51822Nordic Semiconductor nRF52833
Memory256KB Flash, 16KB RAM512KB Flash, 128KB RAM
InterfaceNXP KL26Z, 16KB RAMNXP KL27Z, 32KB RAM
MicrophoneN/AMEMS microphone and LED indicator
SpeakerN/AOn-board speaker
LogoN/ATouch-sensitive logo
Edge Connector25 pins. 3 dedicated GPIO, PWM, I2C, SPI and ext.power. 3 ring pins for connecting crocodile clips/banana plugs25 pins. 4 dedicated GPIO, PWM, I2C, SPI and ext.power. 3 ring pins for connecting crocodile clips/banana plugs. Notched bottom for easier connection
I2CShared I2C busDedicated I2C bus for peripherals
Wireless2.4GHz micro:bit Radio/BLE Bluetooth 4.02.4GHz micro:bit Radio/BLE Bluetooth 5.0
Power5V via micro-USB port, 3V via edge connector or battery pack5V via micro-USB port, 3V via edge connector or battery pack, LED power indicator, Power off (push and hold power button)
Current available90mA available for accessories200mA available for accessories
Motion SensorST LSM 303ST LSM 303
SoftwareC++, MakeCode, Python, ScratchC++, MakeCode, Python, Scratch
Size5cm(w) x 4cm(h)5cm(w) x 4cm(h)

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