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posted by chromas on Friday October 22 2021, @06:19PM   Printer-friendly

Raspberry Pi 4 2GB gets a price hike to $45, 1GB version coming back for $35

We've been used to getting better hardware for cheaper or in the case of Raspberry Pi model B boards a stable $35 price tag since 2021 with gradual improvements to the hardware. Many companies already had to hike prices for their board due to supply constraints, and Raspberry Pi Trading has become the latest victim of the increase in components with the Raspberry Pi 4 with 2GB RAM going back to its original $45 price tag, and the re-introduction of the Raspberry Pi 4 1GB for $35. We are told this is temporary, and once everything settles the Raspberry Pi 4 2GB should sell for $35 as was the case since last year. This is the very first price hike in Raspberry Pi (short) history.

[...] Eben Upton explains the Raspberry Pi 4, Raspberry Pi 400, and Compute Module 4 will not be as badly impacted as earlier products based on a 40nm manufacturing process. That means they'll have to make some tough choices notably prioritizing Compute Module 3, Compute Module 3+, and Raspberry Pi 3B, at the cost of the Raspberry Pi 3B+ which will fall at the back of the queue mostly to cater to the needs of industrial customers. People still using Raspberry Pi 3B+ in their design are recommended to switch to Raspberry Pi 4 with 1GB RAM.

Also at The Register.

Previously: 2 GB Model of Raspberry Pi 4 Gets Permanent Price Cut to $35


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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 22 2021, @06:48PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 22 2021, @06:48PM (#1189708)

    > This is the very first price hike in Raspberry Pi (short) history

    Raspberry Pi was launched on 24 February 2012; 9 years ago.

    I don't find 9 years to be short for a computer product, much less a specific price. That's a very long time to keep a product line and price point stable.

    Its older than the Intel Nuc. Its older than the Microsoft Surface (its older than Windows 8 too).

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by NPC-131072 on Friday October 22 2021, @08:01PM (2 children)

      by NPC-131072 (7144) on Friday October 22 2021, @08:01PM (#1189734) Journal

      Did you never stop to think Pi's may choose to self-identify as "short"?

      • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 22 2021, @09:06PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 22 2021, @09:06PM (#1189752)

        I think they have the sentient subprocessor disabled by default, but if you enable it they may respond to self-identification API.

        • (Score: 3, Funny) by NPC-131072 on Saturday October 23 2021, @04:04AM

          by NPC-131072 (7144) on Saturday October 23 2021, @04:04AM (#1189822) Journal

          sentient subprocessor disabled by default

          Subsentient is my fren, how dare you!

  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 22 2021, @08:06PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 22 2021, @08:06PM (#1189735)

    I don't think I've ever bought a raspberry pie for as cheap as promised. Not unless it's seriously old like an early model A. Any pie even remotely new is already sold at a marked up price, or more usually unavailable. To be honest if I could find a 2GB Pi 4 for $35 I'd be happy with the deal.

    • (Score: 4, Interesting) by DECbot on Friday October 22 2021, @09:24PM

      by DECbot (832) on Friday October 22 2021, @09:24PM (#1189757) Journal

      I once found a pi at the advertised price at Newark/Element14. Though that's the price for just the board. After adding the power supply, case, SD card, and heatsinks, it was about the same as the starter kits found on Amazon. Now that's what I do; I order those kits through Amazon so I don't have the hassle.

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    • (Score: 2) by RS3 on Saturday October 23 2021, @09:50PM

      by RS3 (6367) on Saturday October 23 2021, @09:50PM (#1189946)

      I have a Raspberry Pi Zero 1.3 that was $0.99 a few years ago, obviously a special get you into it sale.

      https://www.adafruit.com/product/2885 [adafruit.com]

    • (Score: 1) by chown on Sunday October 24 2021, @08:12AM

      by chown (1227) on Sunday October 24 2021, @08:12AM (#1190042)

      I bought the 2GB for $35 (now $45, 33 units in stock) from Chicago Electronic Distributors: https://chicagodist.com/collections/raspberry-pi [chicagodist.com]

      I have zero ties of any sort to them. Just a satisfied customer.

    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Monday October 25 2021, @04:55PM

      by Freeman (732) on Monday October 25 2021, @04:55PM (#1190392) Journal

      The advertised $35 price point is a nominal price-point for the bare board. You obviously at the bare minimum need a power source. Then, depending on your application, various other things to attach to it, enclose it, or interact with it.

      The thing I would like for it to be is a great DOSBox machine. The earlier models didn't work as well as I'd hoped. Mainly due to the OS interface lag, not necessarily how well it actually played the games. Also, the whole, we couldn't be bothered enough to include a tiny battery+time keeping device or a normal power switch, has irked me over the years.

      I purchased one of each main version of the RaspberryPi. The Pi4 seems to be good enough from the OS interface lag perspective, but I have a kid now. Thus, most of my brain energy goes to work and family. By the time I get to some me time, I'm down to, okay, time for some de-stressing. Which usually is some form of entertainment, whether it's games or shows.

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  • (Score: 0, Disagree) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 23 2021, @12:47AM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 23 2021, @12:47AM (#1189793)

    Obviously someone will pipe up about how the hardware has changed and become more powerful to cater for the RPI's primary non-self-education-with-lots-of-money market, but a computer staying the same price for ~ten years is ...bogus.

    The Commodore 64 was $595 in 1983, and $99 in 1993.
    The once-the-epitome of overpriced computers--the Macintosh-- was dragged kicking and screaming down to (comparible) Wintendo prices.

    Staying the same price 'forever' is a Texas Instrument Calculator maneuver.

    • (Score: 3, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 23 2021, @05:33AM (4 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 23 2021, @05:33AM (#1189831)

      And here is the perfect example of a comment from an alternate universe. Specifically one where there is/was/will be only one model of the Raspberry Pi rather than our universe where they have had multiple iterations of the product with improved specs.

      • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 23 2021, @10:20AM (3 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 23 2021, @10:20AM (#1189862)

        > Obviously someone will pipe up about how the hardware has changed and become more powerful to cater for the RPI's primary non-self-education-but-with-lots-of-money market

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 23 2021, @10:22AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 23 2021, @10:22AM (#1189863)

          ...and needs a /s/Touché/Captain Obvious has Arrived!/

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 23 2021, @11:06AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 23 2021, @11:06AM (#1189868)

            Not that complicated. It's just autism.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 24 2021, @04:19AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 24 2021, @04:19AM (#1190021)

          When you set up a "heads I win; tails you lose" situation, you might as well go meta. Think about it and you'll see it or don't and you won't.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 23 2021, @10:50PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 23 2021, @10:50PM (#1189964)

      It's worth noting that TI boosts the capabilities of the hardware over time to try and justify the price not changing. Compare the first version of their calculators with the most revision of the same line and there's frequently higher specs.

  • (Score: 2) by darkfeline on Saturday October 23 2021, @11:54AM (1 child)

    by darkfeline (1030) on Saturday October 23 2021, @11:54AM (#1189870) Homepage

    The price of everything is going up. Don't worry, the inflation is temporary (or has the Media of Truth changed its stance?)

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 24 2021, @12:13AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 24 2021, @12:13AM (#1189975)

      Wow. Well, ok then. You must be loads of fun at cocktail parties.

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