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M5Stack Basic Core comes with aluminum alloy enclosure

Jun 25, 2023 — by Giorgio Mendoza 498 views

Today, M5Stack launched a limited edition of the M5Stack Core host which is based on the Espressif ESP32 chipset. The CORE Metal is equipped with a 2” IPS display, buttons, multiple I/Os and it’s compatible with Arduino, MicroPython and other user-friendly programming platforms. 


This limited edition device features the same ESP32 microcontroller as the standard ESP32 Basic Core IoT Development kit also from M5Stack.


  • ESP32-D0WDQ6-V3Dual-core Xtensa 32-bit LX6 (up to 240 MHz) w/ support for FPU and DSP instructions

ESP32-D0WDQ6-V3 block diagram
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The CORE Metal is equipped with 16MB FLASH memory and an integrated 2.0” full-color high-definition IPS display panel (320 x 240, 853 nits), along with a built-in speaker and a MicroSD card slot for storage.

M5Stack CORE Metal sides
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As shown below, the device provides a wide range of interfaces, including ADC, DAC, I2C, UART, SPI, and 15x IO pins.

M5Stack CORE Metal
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For software examples, refer to the M5Stack GitHub repository. The product page also mentions that this product is compatible with UIFlow (block-based), MicroPython, Arduino and NET nanoFramework.

The required drivers for Windows, Mac and Linux can be found on the Core Metal product page.

Specifications listed for the CORE metal include: 

  • Memory/Storage:
    • 16MB Flash
    • MicroSD card slot (up to 16GB)
  • Display/Audio:
    • 2” Full color HD IPS display (ILI9342C)
    • 1W-0928 speaker
  • Connectivity:
    • Wi-Fi 802.11n 2.4 GHz (up to 150 Mbps)
    • Bluetooth v4.2 BR/EDR & BLE
  • I/O Interfaces:
    • 15x I/Os 
    • 1x Grove I2C connector
    • 3x User buttons
  • USB:
    • 1x USB 2.0 Type-C
  • Other Features:
    • USB chip (CH9102F)
  • Power:
    • 5V @500mA
    • 110mAh @3.7V battery
  • Mechanical:
    • 54 x 54 x 18mm
    • 42g

The M5Stack Basic Core with aluminum alloy enclosure can be obtained for $29.90 on the M5Stack online store.

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