Earlier in July, while announcing the Raspberry Pi Model B+, its developer team had promised that another lower-cost variant, similar to the original Model A could be expected soon.
The team has now released a new model, Raspberry Pi Model A+, with an even lower price tag. Compared to Model B+ which costs $35, the latest variant is $15 cheaper.
In terms of specs, the new Model A+ uses a similar BCM2835 application processor like the Model A and packs a 256MB RAM. But it is significantly smaller with its length measuring just 65mm as opposed to the 86mm of Model A.
Additionally, the new model consumes less power and sports several improvements over Model B+ which includes:
- More GPIO -The GPIO header has grown to 40 pins. Model A+ is compatible with the HAT standard for add-on boards
- Micro SD -The old friction-fit SD card socket has been replaced with a much nicer push-push micro SD version
- Better audio -The audio circuit incorporates a dedicated low-noise power supply
"When we announced Raspberry Pi back in 2011, the idea of producing an "ARM GNU/Linux box for $25" seemed ambitious, so it is pretty mind-bending to be able to knock another $5 off the cost while continuing to build it here in the UK, at the same Sony factory in South Wales we use to manufacture the Model B+," reads a the blog post at RaspberryPi.org.
Price: The Raspberry Pi Model A+ is now available for purchase in the UK from Farnell at a suggested retail price of £15.51. Users in the US can buy it from MCM Electronics.