Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ launches! 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core processor, dual-band wireless LAN, and just $25

The Raspberry Pi was very much inspired by the BBC Micro -- a popular British computer of the 1980s. The BBC Micro was available in Model A and B forms, and shortly after the Raspberry Pi Foundation introduced the original Pi 1 Model B+ in 2014, it followed it up with a cut-down A+ model.

It didn’t offer an A+ version for the Pi 2 or 3 unfortunately, but today, it finally rights that wrong and brings back the popular bare-bones system’s smaller brother.

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The Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ offers much of the same functionality found in the Pi 3 Model B+, including a 64-bit quad core processor running at 1.4 GHz, dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless LAN, and Bluetooth 4.2/BLE. The biggest difference, really, is its reduced size. It has the same mechanical footprint as the Raspberry Pi 1 Model A+.

You can see how the A+ and B+ models compare size-wise in the image below.

Specs for the device are:

  • Processor:
    • Broadcom BCM2837B0, Cortex-A53
    • 64-bit SoC @ 1.4 GHz
  • Memory:
    • 512MB LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • Connectivity:
    • 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz IEE 802.11.b/g/n/ac wireless LAN
    • Bluetooth 4.2/BLE
  • Access:
    • Extended 40-pin GPIO header
  • Video & sound:
    • 1 × full size HDMI
    • MIPI DSI display port
    • MIPI CSI camera port
    • 4 pole stereo output and composite video port
  • Multimedia:
    • H.264, MPEG-4 decode (1080p30);
    • H.264 encode (1080p30);
    • OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0 graphics
  • SD card support:
    • Micro SD format for loading operating system and data storage
  • Input power:
    • 5 V/2.5 A DC via micro USB connector
    • 5 V DC via GPIO header

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ is priced at $25/£23 and can be purchased from here, and all the usual suppliers, from today.

A case for the new model has been created, but isn’t yet ready. It’s expected to arrive at the start of December.

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