Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton has shared an article elaborating on why he’s had no choice but to increase the price of the Raspberry Pi 4, the first-ever price increase for a Raspberry Pi product. The reason is, of course, related to supply chain challenges—Upton explained that cost increases caused by the ongoing shortages have made the original price economically unfeasible. The Raspberry Pi 4’s price has been raised from $35 to $45, but Upton has clarified that the new premium is only temporary.
None of these are palatable decisions. In the entire history of Raspberry Pi, we have never increased the price of a product, and have often been able to reduce prices between, and sometimes within, generations. Likewise, long-term availability of our products, from stock, is a core part of our value proposition to industrial customers. But this set of temporary changes is the best way we can see to support all our customers through these strange times.
The good news is that we’ve been able to hold the line on pricing for all but one of our products; that we expect to have enough 28nm silicon over the next twelve months to support both our existing Raspberry Pi 4 and Compute Module 4 customers, and customers migrating from Raspberry Pi 3B+; and that we see early signs that the supply chain situation is starting to ease.
Upton also confirmed that he will be reintroducing the 1 GB variant of the Raspberry Pi 4 for $35. The Compute Module 3, Compute Module 3+, and Raspberry Pi 3B are being prioritized due to limited stocks of 40 nm silicon, while the Raspberry Pi 3B+ is being deprioritized.
Source: Raspberry Pi