It’s been almost a year since the Raspberry Pi came out, and perhaps in some form of minor celebration, the Raspberry Pi Foundation have announced that the original Model A is now finally on sale. The original $25 concept for the Pi is tied to the Model A, as in comparison to the already released Model B, it’s a stripped down version.
For the $10 savings, the RAM is reduced to 256 MB over the Model B’s current 512 MB, there’s now only one USB port, and the Ethernet port has been removed. Because of this though, it consumes roughly one third of the power of the Model B, and you can always extend the functionality with a powered USB hub.
The power saving aspect seems to be the biggest upside to the savings, and, as pointed out on the announcement blog, XBMC was working pretty well last year on 256MB. So with the right set-up, it could be a $25 media center. Although, we’d suggest splashing the extra ten bucks in this case.