Raspberry Pi 4 Price Drop: 2GB Model Now $35

Joanna Estrada
February 28, 2020

The Raspberry Pi is about to turn eight, having officially launched on February 29, 2012.

Raspberry Pi 1 Model B was introduced to the world nearly exactly 8 years ago on February 29, 2012, and to celebrate the Raspberry Pi Foundation made a decision to permanently lower the price of Raspberry Pi 4B with 2GB RAM to $35.

Oddly, the Raspberry Pi Foundation still intends to sell the 1GB version at its original $59 price as well, but aren't expecting too many consumers to opt for that version from here on out. The price cut means that the Raspberry Pi 4 is now on sale for the same amount as the original device was back in 2012. Now, in celebration of the Raspberry Pi's eighth birthday, they are dropping the prices of the Raspberry Pi 2GB of RAM variant. Upton also noted that the $35 price point is the same as the original Raspberry Pi which launched in 2012. As the company notes, thanks to inflation, $35 in 2012 is equivalent to almost $40 today. And despite the 2GB version's price drop being the result of falling RAM prices, the 4GB Raspberry Pi 4 will remain priced at $94.95 for the foreseeable future. The difference between the first Pi and the Pi 4 include a 40x increase in CPU performance, 8x the memory, 10x the I/O bandwidth, the addition of dual-band wireless, a 4x improvement in screen resolution, and the ablity to hook up two displays.

Many resellers haven't updated the price just yet, but Raspberry Pi 4B with 2GB RAM will be shortly available for $35 plus taxes and shipping on Adafruit, Pimoroni UK, OKDO Germany, and other resellers. People continue to buy older-model Raspberry Pi 3 models that have 1GB and the tiny, super-cheap Raspberry Pi Zero and Zero W sport only 512MB of RAM.

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