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A more affordable Raspberry Pi

November 15, 2018.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+. © Raspberry Pi Foundation.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+, a single-board nanocomputer using an ARM processor. Its goal is to offer something more affordable and less cumbersome than its Pi 3 Model B+. Introduced at US$ 25, it’s 10 bucks less than the Model B+ and its footprint is also smaller (56 x 35 mm vs 85 x 56 mm). As with the Model B+, it uses the same quad-core Broadcom 1.4 GHz processor and is compatible with Bluetooth 4.2 as well as with Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Cutting corners was inevitable to get to a smaller and less costly card. Gone is the ethernet port (Wi-Fi is now your only option to connect to the internet), the RAM is cut in half (522 MB instead of one GB), and there is now just one USB port where there were four.

Raspberry Pi Foundation, “New product: Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ on sale now at $25.”