On February 29th, Raspberry Pi turns eight years old (or two if you only count leap years), and that almost feels hard to believe. In celebration of its impending birthday, the Raspberry Pi Foundation gave us some good news—a price drop. Until now, the Raspberry Pi 4 2 GB model would set you back $45; now, it’s only $35. Better yet, it fixed that outstanding USB-C issue too.
Eight months ago, a new Raspberry Pi came to life and it was different than all the models that came before it. For one, you could choose RAM configurations—1 GB, 2 GB, or 4 GB models. That was a first for the little computer board. But that wasn’t the only significant change; it also gained two micro-HDMI ports and a USB-C port for power.
Initially, you’d spend $35 for the 1 GB model, $45 for the 2 GB model, and $55 for the 4 GB model. But now, you can grab the 2 GB model for $35. And that’s not a temporary sale; it’s a permanent price cut. You can still buy the 1 GB model for $35 as well, though we’re not sure why you would.
In other good news, the folks over at The Register noticed that the latest Raspberry Pi 4’s no longer have USB-C issues. When the Model 4 first released, it didn’t recognize all USB-C chargers. If your USB-C charger was a “smart charger” (common with fast-charging phones), the Pi would treat the cord as an “audio cable.”
Thankfully, that won’t be a problem anymore (unless you buy a Raspberry Pi 4 from before the fix), and you should be able to use any USB-C cable to charge your Pi.