You can now get the 1.4GHz clock speed, 5GHz wireless networking and improved thermals of Raspberry Pi 3B+ in a smaller form factor, and at the smaller price of $25.
The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ is actually a cut-down model of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. The new board incorporates most of the enhancements made to its big brother, and features:
- A 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
- 512MB LPDDR2 SDRAM
- Dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2/BLE
- Improved USB mass-storage booting
- Improved thermal management
Like its big brother, the entire board is certified as a radio module under FCC rules, which in turn will reduce the cost of conformance testing Raspberry Pi–based products.
There is also a case for this new device in the workd, but it will be available from the start of December.
The new Pi 3 A+ is not Raspberry Pi’s cheapest computer — that’d still be the $5 Pi Zero — but this new model offers more power, connectivity, and expandability.