It's been a little over half a year since the launch of the last Raspberry Pi, the 3 Model B+, but it's been a good 3 years since the original 1 Model A+ was launched and a lot has changed in the Raspberry Pi World.
So what's new? The new Model A+
has seen a big upgrade from the last A+ to give it the same processor as the Raspberry Pi 3 B+, which is a 64-Bit 1.4GHz Quad core ARM Cortex 53 processor using the Broadcom BCM2837B0 chipset along with the same onboard wireless LAN and Bluetooth capabilities as it's bigger sibling.
The mechanical foot print is the same as the last Model A+ meaning it's perfect for smaller projects which need the power of the 3 B+, but not the slightly longer form factor. We can see the 3 A+ finding a good home with the robot builds of next year's PiWars competition
, as the smaller size but same processor pairing will work really well for competitors who are pushed for space in their builds but need to keep the processor nippy.
The two notable differences are 512MB memory, half that of the 3 B+, and only one USB port. But after playing around with it for a little bit, it's just as brilliant as the 3 B+.