On September 28, Raspberry Pi surprised the world (and, truthfully, us) by announcing the Raspberry Pi 5. This new board promises more than twice the speed of the Raspberry Pi 4 and is already available for pre-order. Raspberry Pi expects to ship them to customers by the end of October.
According to our analytics, a third of all Home Assistant users currently use the Raspberry Pi 4 as their dedicated Home Assistant system. In fact, Home Assistant OS is the third-most installed OS on Raspberry Pi boards in general. So, we suspect many of you eagerly await the new Raspberry Pi 5 to upgrade your Home Assistant installation. We’re just as excited about this new release as you are, and we will start development for it as soon as we receive our pre-release boards from Raspberry Pi!
As we have not been part of Raspberry Pi’s beta program, adding support for the Raspberry Pi 5 to Home Assistant OS has not started yet. At this point, it is still hard to estimate how much work it will be, but we want to stress that this is a major task that we want to get right. While beta versions will be released early, we currently do not expect a stable release to come out until the end of this year or early 2024.
That means you cannot run Home Assistant OS on the Raspberry Pi 5 at launch. Alternative installation methods that do not use Home Assistant OS are available, but we only recommend those for advanced users. If you currently use Home Assistant OS and have pre-ordered a Raspberry Pi 5, we recommend waiting for a stable release for the Raspberry Pi 5 to come out before moving your installation.
For owners of Home Assistant Yellow, Raspberry Pi has yet to make any statement about a potential Compute Module 5 based on the Raspberry Pi 5. We can only indicate compatibility with Home Assistant Yellow once they provide information about a new Compute Module and its specifications. We also want to point out that there were 16 months between the release of the Raspberry Pi 4 and the release of the Compute Module 4. For those currently looking for Compute Module 4 to complete their Home Assistant Yellow kits, we are happy to report that Compute Module 4 has become more widely available again, as seen on rpilocator.
Honestly, the 5 looks nice but I somehow doubt that the problems of the 4 were fixed. Using the same dual purpose wifi chip, you probably still can’t use ble mouse and keyboard at the same time.
I wonder if the new 5 has support for hardware en-/decoding of encryption (e.g. for decent ssh/sftp support).
The Alpha forum (which is probably what people are actually asking about), is a separate forum that a small number of people (currently about 20) have been invited to. We send them hardware early under NDA so that we can get early feedback. Some of the image maintainers are on that list (Ubuntu, OSMC for example) but mostly because we have had a long-term relationship with those people. To get into the alpha forum as a random user, you’d need to be known on the Raspberry Pi forums, join the beta forum, and help out with testing software releases etc. In fact, around 20 of the beta forum members have now been sent Pi 5 units to thank them for (unknowingly) helping to develop the Bookworm image for Pi 5.
Gordon Hollingworth (CTO-Software at Raspberry Pi)
Does it? The Orange Pi 5 (RK3588) is available since around a year and available benchmarks look like this “old” SBC is not only offer more performance than the not (yet) available Raspberry Pi 5 but is specially (much) more efficient
Ya, that makes a lot of sense… kinda like wiping before you poo. You do realize there are dozens of really good projects you can use these for, right? HA is just one thing you can do with one and you can arguably never have to many rpi laying around.
As stated before in a quote it looks like the raspberry pi trading ltd rushed indeed releasing this board. Every day passing this 16nm lithography design (introduced 2016 - so 7 years old) it’s collecting dust.
As a side note a RK3588(S) comes with a NPU integrated with 6 TOPS (50% more than a coral NPU)
The Orange Pi 5 Plus even features 2xPCIe and 2.5G LAN
The Price for a (available) Orange Pi 5 VS a (not available) Raspberry Pi 5 looks like to be in the same ball park while the later offers much less (CPU,GPU,NPU,Storage)
And the “new” VideoCore 7 GPU from the Raspberry Pi 5 looks like a joke based on the limited information available
It looks like to have 12 () times lower performance than the Mali G610 found in the two year older RK3588 based SBC’s like the Orange Pi 5
ARM Mali-G610 MP4
Broadcom VideoCore VII
Performance FP32 (float)
Looks like the Raspberry 5 is easy 2 years late for the show