Slightly Smaller, Just as Powerful: Raspberry Pi Launches Pi 3 Model A+

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Slightly Smaller, Just as Powerful: Raspberry Pi Launches Pi 3 Model A+

It’s been a while since Raspberry Pi has updated their Model A board — four years, specifically. Their new release, announced today, takes the Pi 1 Model A+ and bumps it up to Pi 3 specs, incorporating the same 64-bit quad core processor with 1.4Ghz clock speed and 2.4/5Ghz wireless networking as their flagship Pi 3 Model B+. Following the traditional Model A specifications, it omits an ethernet port, and has one USB port instead of the four found on the B+.

Price stays constant at $25 — ten bucks cheaper than the B+.

The new Pi is available now. Find more info here.


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

Environment: Operating temperature, 0–50°C

Compliance: For a full list of local and regional product approvals, please visit:

Production lifetime: The Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ will remain in production until at least January 2023

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Mike Senese is the Executive Editor of Make: magazine. He is also a TV host, starring in various engineering and science shows for Discovery Channel, including Punkin Chunkin, How Stuff Works, and Catch It Keep It.

An avid maker, Mike spends his spare time tinkering with electronics, doing amateur woodworking, and attempting to cook the perfect pizza.

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