Raspberry Pi’s made a cheaper version of its most powerful computer

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has introduced a new $25 single-board computers that keeps many of the features of its high-end $35 device.

The new Raspberry model is being called Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+. It’s the direct sibling to the company’s 3B+ computer. But while the 3A+ has a smaller form factor and lower price, Raspberry Pi assures use it still has the processing power. It has the same exact quad-core 1.4GHz Broadcom processor as the company’s top-of-the-line computer.


This isn’t the first time that Raspberry Pi’s made cheaper version of their computers. For instance they released a simplified A+ model back in 2014. However, this A+ model is different. It has a lot more to offer. Previous A+ models didn’t have Ethernet and Wi-Fi. They didn’t have any onboard way to get an internet connection. The Pi 3 A+ has Wi-Fi, so it’s ready to connect to the internet right away.

A few things Raspberry Pi has cut back

There are a few features Raspberry Pi had to let go to reduce the price by $10. First, there’s no Ethernet port, so Wi-Fi is your only option. Also, there’s just 512MB of RAM as opposed to the 3B+’s 1 GB of RAM. And the four USB 2.0 ports have been reduced to just one.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ is a simpler version of the company's 3 Model B+.
Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ is a simpler version of the company’s 3 Model B+.


  • 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
  • Dual-band 802. 11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2/BLE
  • Improved USB mass-storage booting
  • Improved thermal management

Pricing and availability

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ isn’t ready just yet, but it will be released this December. While a $10 price reduction to an already affordable product may not seem huge to most, it’s could be substantial for schools buying these computers in large quantities.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.

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