Zero Terminal V3 is a Modular Raspberry Pi Zero W Powered HandHeld PC

Hardware hacker NODE has created a slick handheld Linux PC based on the Raspberry Pi Zero W board. About the size of a thick smartphone, Zero Terminal V3 also includes a touchscreen display, a built-in battery, a USB Type-A port, and a microSD card slot.

The keyboard found in previous iterations of the Zero Terminal is gone, as the new version focuses on modularity thanks two 40-pin sockets that connect to the GPIO pins, video output, camera connector, USB ports, power indicators, etc… in order to allow people to create and add custom backpacks to change the functionality as needed.

Zero Terminal V3 specifications:

  • SBC – Raspberry Pi Zero W with Broadcom BCM2735 ARM11 processor, 512MB RAM, MicroSD card socket, WiFi 4, and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Display – 5.5″ 1080p AMOLED touchscreen display bought on Waveshare and designed for Raspberry Pi 3/4, but NODE designed an adapter for RPi Zero.
  • Audio – 3.5mm headphone jack, built-in speaker
  • USB – USB 2.0 Type-A port, micro USB for charging
  • Expansion – 2x 40-pin with GPIOs, HDMI output, camera input, 2x USB 2.0, etc…
  • Misc – Power switch, 3x user buttons, display on/off button
  • Battery – 1,200 mAh LiPo battery
  • Dimensions – 13mm thin
Zero Terminal V3 with slide-out keyboard backpack

NODE has already created one backpack with a slide-out keyboard as shown in the photo above, but in the future people could create their own to add radio transceivers, extra network interfaces, drone controllers, TV tuners, solar panels, simple stands, and so on…

Zero Terminal V3 is specially designed to work well with terminal applications, and i3 window managerMicro text editor, Midnight Commander file manager,  htop, Browsh modern text-based browser, and Newsbeuter RSS feed viewer are some of the recommended programs for the little device.

Interested and want to buy? Sorry, you can’t do that just yet although there are calls for a crowdfunding campaign in YouTube comments. In the meantime, you’ll find some more information on the work-in-progress project’s website that eventually will have more resources and a longer list of backpacks.

Via Liliputing

Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.

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Frank Earl
1 month ago

The only things that would make this even better would be either 3A+ or CM3 support as a version of this, even if it equates to a shorter battery life.

theguyuk
theguyuk
1 month ago

I had Eten phone that had a slid out keyboard, back in the day.

brushkoff
1 month ago

Nokia N900 echo ?

Phil
1 month ago

OK, I’m lazy, but does anyone have a link to that keyboard on the last photo?

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