It's been a while since we had some news from Raspberry Pi, which is a shame because everyone loves a slice of those mini computer boards. But the silence has now been broken with the announcement that the company has a new Pi board to share with us. It's called the Raspberry Pi A+, and it's designed to be all sort of low. Specifically low price, and low power.
The A+ is designed to sit somewhere between the dirt-cheap Pi Zero and the top-tier Pi 3 Model B+ in all ways. That means it's more functional and more expensive than the former and less than the latter, while also maintaining a small form factor. As you can see from the image above it comes with HDMI output, USB A, and microUSB, alongside a 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, and 512MB of RAM.
According to Raspberry Pi the low-power aspect means this is an ideal board for battery-powered projects, it's also supposed to work well with the new £20 TV HAT - with the company claiming you can use the two to create a terrestrial set-top box for under £50. Well they said $50, but you know what exchange rates are like these days.
Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi (Trading), said:
“We’re introducing the new Model A+ to meet demand for what was one of our most commonly requested ‘missing’ products. Sitting between the Zero and the Model B+, it’s a great option for anyone who won’t miss the extra memory and wants to save money, both on the device itself and over a lifetime of battery use.”
There's no word on when it will be available to buy, but we do know it will cost £23.