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Model A Raspberry Pi Now for Sale in Europe

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced that the Model A version of Raspberry Pi is now available for purchase in Europe via RS Components and Premier Farnell/element14 .

The Model A is a stripped down version of the Model B Raspberry Pi. It features one USB port and 256MB RAM and ditches the Ethernet connectivity present in the Model B. Of course, the fact that it's a stripped down Model B means it's also cheaper. The Model A will retail for $10 less than the Model B, at $25, and it also consumes less power. According to RPF, you're looking at roughly one third of the power that the Model B consumes. The Raspberry Pi crew says they're working to get power consumption even lower than that.

 

If you're outside of Europe and looking to get your hands on the Model A, you're going to be a bit disappointed to hear that, for the time being, the Model A is a Europe-only affair. RPF did say that RS customers outside Europe can order their Model A now but noted that there would be a short delay due to paperwork. Additionally, Farnell customers outside Europe (Newark in the US) will see Model A appear on their local sites when this paperwork has been filled.

Talking about the Model A back in November, Raspberry Pi Foundation's Liz Upton said they're expecting those buying the Model A will have different applications for the board compared to Model B owners.

"We’re anticipating that those of you who buy the Model A will be using it for different applications from Model B owners. Model A has no Ethernet and only one USB slot – and importantly, it consumes much less power than a Model B because the Ethernet chip’s missing," she said. "We're seeing demand for the Model A from people making industrial control modules, from roboticists, from people doing automation, for a bunch of headless operations – and, significantly, for people who want to use the Pi as a very cheap media centre."

Raspberry Pi was originally intended to be a low cost PC aimed at teaching young children the ins and outs of computer programming. However, the cheap and cheerful board captured the hearts of developers and PC enthusiasts the world over and demand for Raspberry Pi was high. Last month, the Raspberry Pi Foundation revealed some early details on sales figures.

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  • iggyman
    25$? You mean 25€, right?
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  • internetlad
    I'd pick up a model B, but honestly, I doubt i'd ever get around to doing anything cool with it.

    I like the idea more than actually getting hands on with it.
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  • internetlad
    iggyman25$? You mean 25€, right?
    No, i'm pretty sure they're legitimately $25 for a model A and $35 for a B. At least all the news i've heard about them has quoted those numbers. Could be an ongoing tomshardware typo, I wouldn't put it below them.
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  • internetlad
    iggyman25$? You mean 25€, right?
    http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs

    Why is the price in US Dollars? You’re a UK company!
    The components we buy are priced in dollars, and we negotiate manufacturing in dollars. Because currency markets are so volatile at the moment, we price the final board in dollars too so we don’t have to keep changing the price.
    How much will it cost?
    The Model A will cost $25 and the Model B $35, plus local taxes and shipping/handling fees.
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  • Dangi
    internetladhttp://www.raspberrypi.org/faqsWhy is the price in US Dollars? You’re a UK company!The components we buy are priced in dollars, and we negotiate manufacturing in dollars. Because currency markets are so volatile at the moment, we price the final board in dollars too so we don’t have to keep changing the price.How much will it cost?The Model A will cost $25 and the Model B $35, plus local taxes and shipping/handling fees.

    One of the many things I still can't understand.

    If Pi is sold in $ then 35$ = 25€, BUT when you try to buy it it appears priced at 25.92L = 40,92 $ = 29.89€
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  • Darkk
    I bought the model B last month and using it as a media center. Ordered another one today which will be using that for test projects. I kinda like to see model C with more RAM and newer version of the ARM processor to run the latest apps.

    For now model B with 512megs of RAM works and at good value for $35.

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  • outlw6669
    DangiHow much will it cost?The Model A will cost $25 and the Model B $35, plus local taxes and shipping/handling fees.
    One of the many things I still can't understand.If Pi is sold in $ then 35$ = 25€, BUT when you try to buy it it appears priced at 25.92L = 40,92 $ = 29.89€
    That would be due to your local taxes + S&H.

    FYI, the current £25.92 price for the 'B' board is inkl. taxes.
    Before taxes it runs £21.60; aprox. $35 USD.
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  • shadowfamicom
    Have two of the Raspberry Pi Model B boards (the older ones with 256mb of ram). Very solid little board. Currently making one of them into a console/arcade emulation front end.
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  • iggyman
    internetladNo, i'm pretty sure they're legitimately $25 for a model A and $35 for a B. At least all the news i've heard about them has quoted those numbers. Could be an ongoing tomshardware typo, I wouldn't put it below them.internetladhttp://www.raspberrypi.org/faqsWhy is the price in US Dollars? You’re a UK company!The components we buy are priced in dollars, and we negotiate manufacturing in dollars. Because currency markets are so volatile at the moment, we price the final board in dollars too so we don’t have to keep changing the price.How much will it cost?The Model A will cost $25 and the Model B $35, plus local taxes and shipping/handling fees.
    Really? Check this: http://raspberrypi.rsdelivers.com/product/raspberry-pi/raspberry-pi-type-a/raspberry-pi-type-a-single-board-computer-256mb/7568317.aspx
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