Raspberry Pi becomes the best-selling British computer ever

With 8m units now shipped to retailers, the makers of the Raspberry Pi are now proclaiming that the machine can claim the crown of the best-selling British computer ever made.

Sales of the unit should also pass the 8m figure this month, taking it past the current title holder – the Amstrad PCW. Raspberyy Pi founder Eben Upton told the BBC that the company thought it had actually set a new British record last year when it overtook the best-selling of the Sinclair Spectrum machines. However, Amstrad data then emerged that set the bar higher.

"We’re calling it. We’re the best-selling UK computer ever," Upton told the BBC. "The curve keeps trending upwards.”

The news comes as a new version of the Pi is announced called the Raspberry Pi 3. It features a faster 1.2GHz quad-core 64-bit CPU, offering a 50 per cent performance boost over the Pi 2, and integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

"The Pi 3 is doubling down on both those things rather than going looking for new things to do," Upton added. This is the first Pi you can stick behind your TV and completely forget about."

The Pi 3 will cost 30, with a few hundred thousand units” available at launch.

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