Raspberry Pi Model A available for under £19

The Raspberry Pi Model A is now available to buy in the UK, with the stripped-down version of the single-board computer costing just under £19.

Previously available exclusively in Europe, Raspberry Pi Model A is missing the Ethernet port of its beefier brother, the Raspberry Pi Model B, and only offers a single USB port and 256MB of RAM.

However, the cheaper model is specifically designed for projects wanting to run on battery or solar power, as due its lesser specs the Raspberry Pi Model A consumes around a third of the power needed by Raspberry Pi Model B, according to the Raspberry Pi Foundation.  

“We are very, very pleased to finally be able to offer you a computer for $25. It’s what we said we’d do all along, and we can’t wait to see what you do with it,” commented Liz Upton, Community Manager for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, in an official blog post announcing the Raspberry Pi Model A release.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has suggested the Raspberry Pi Model A could be used in a number of low-power projects including “robots, sensor platforms in remote locations, Wi-Fi repeaters attached to the local bus stop and so forth”.

More than one million of the Raspberry Pi mini-computers have been sold since its official release in February 2012, earning itself the reputation of being one of the most high-profile and engaging technology releases of last year.

The credit-card sized micro-computer has been used in a wide variety of projects, including a trip into space and an R2D2 robot and with the cheaper, low-power Raspberry Pi Model A option now available it seems the possibilities for the Raspberry Pi will only continue to grow.

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