Do not treat any of your friends for lunch today. You can use the $ 25 to buy the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model A +.
Tomorrow, Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the latest and last iteration of the "classic" Raspberry Pi family. The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model A + has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connection, 1.4 GHz clock speed and an itty-bitty form factor. It's basically a miniature version of the famous Raspberry Pi 3 Model B +. Like B +, the new A + is powered by a microUSB cable, and supports 1080p video output from its HDMI port. It uses less power than larger Pi cards and is certified as a "radio module" by FCC, which is good for products from the Internet of things using Raspberry Pi because it reduces the cost of performance testing.
The fans in the original Model A + have requested an upgrade for several years. The original A + sported a wimpy 256 MB RAM (the new A + has twice as much RAM), and you can only transfer data through its single USB port – it did not have Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection. While 5 $ Raspberry Pi Zero has had the attention of hobbyists in recent years, it also lacks Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, which can seriously limit the use of such a small board.
Of course, you can not expect the new A + to replace your desktop computer. A + has only 512 MB of RAM, which is only half of what Raspberry Pi Model 3 B + packs. It has no Ethernet port, and it only has a USB input. But for $ 25, this highly requested product will certainly be very useful in training, DIY projects and your Internet.
The new A + is a good and cheap product with many practical applications, but there is none. There is no revolutionary about it. Therefore, Raspberry Pi Foundations has announced that A + is the last iteration of the "classic" Raspberry Pi family. They plan to utilize new hardware and memory technology to "develop" their products. Hopefully we will see a new revolutionary Raspberry Pi board in the next few years. Meanwhile, we should celebrate the cheap, reliable hardware that the Raspberry Pi Foundation is famous for.