Type A sockets are for hosts, not devices. Sockets give power, plugs receive it, so a socket would not only break the standards but risk breaking your hardware. It is designed to be plugged into a host to receive power. Peripherals connect via Bluetooth, although there is also a MicroUSB socket on the side.
The price does seem a little high when compared with the Pi, but it has a faster processor... and a case
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