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Raspberry Pi drops price by a third

by on15 May 2015

Out evolved but still useful

After the Raspberry Pi Foundation unveiled the second incarnation of hobby board it has dropped the price of the previous version by almost a third.

When the Raspberry Pi 2 hit the market in February, the company kept the $35 pricing of the preceding B+ model by making "production optimisations."

However, the Foundation says that a by-product of these optimizations has meant that the "lesser" model is cheaper to make too. Thus, its cost has now been cut to $25.

The upgrade to the ARMv7 processor in the Raspberry Pi 2 allows it to support Windows too. This broadens the appeal of the credit card-sized contraption considerably, and transforms it into a very capable machine that can do many of the same things a normal PC can.

While the Raspberry Pi 2 does offer six times more processing power and two times more memory than the previous "B+" model, now that the price has dropped it can be useful for tinkerers. There is still the $20 Model A+ available too, if you're content with even lower specifications.

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