The Raspberry Pi Foundation may not be the only single-board computer maker on the market, but it's arguably the most popular. In March 2018, the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ debuted, essentially a board which at stock speeds yields the power of an overclocked Raspberry Pi 3. Now, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ joins the lineup with most of the power of a Raspberry Pi 3 but a few minor changes.
Raspberry Pi Foundation Launches Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+
As the name suggests, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ delivers similar specifications to the Raspberry Pi 3. You'll find a quad-core 1.4GHz Broadcom CPU like on the Raspberry Pi 3 B+, dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. There's no Ethernet port though, and RAM takes a 50% reduction from 1GB to 512MB. Similarly, there's one USB 2.0 port, down from four on the Raspberry Pi 3 and 3 B+.
In 2014, the Raspberry Pi Foundation released the Raspberry Pi the Raspberry Pi Model A+ which, likewise, cut down on RAM. But the original A+ lacked Wi-Fi or Ethernet, whereas the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ retains Wi-Fi for internet access while dropping Ethernet to cut costs.
Along with its pared-down connectivity, you'll find a lower price as well. The Raspberry Pi 3 A+ retails for $25 USD. It's not the least expensive Pi board. Those honors still go to the $5 USD Raspberry Pi Zero. However, it's down $10 USD from the flagship Raspberry Pi 3 B+.
At $35 USD, the B+ isn't terribly expensive. However, the Pi 3 Model A+ targets makers seeking more power than the Pi Zero without the I/O of the B+. Notably, this could be a solid starter board for entry-level makers, or appropriate in maker spaces, schools, and similar environments. Lack of Ethernet and the fifty percent RAM cut back remain the only limiting factors. This is still a solid board for Internet of Things (IoT) projects and maker spaces.
Your turn: Will you be adopting a Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+?