When we announced the Model B+ back in July, we said that we’d also be producing a lower-cost variant, analogous to the original Model A. Since then, James has been beavering away, and today we’re pleased to announce the release of the Raspberry Pi Model A+ at a new low price of $20.
Like the Model A, the Model A+ uses the BCM2835 application processor and has 256MB RAM, but it is significantly smaller (65mm in length, versus 86mm for the Model A), consumes less power, and inherits the many improvements that we made to the Model B+, including:
- More GPIO. The GPIO header has grown to 40 pins. The 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’s 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+. You can buy the Model A+ today from Farnell or RS Components in the UK, and from MCM or Allied Electronics in the US – element14 (part of the same company) has more info here.
We handed out a very few preview units to some people we know with video cameras and microphones. Here’s what they had to say:
Russell Barnes over at Raspi Today also has a review – check it out!