The Raspberry Pi Foundation have announced the long awaited Official Raspberry Pi 7 inch touchscreen. It is now available to purchase at a base price of $60 plus local taxes and shipping. From CPC in the UK this equates to £50 with free delivery.
The screen has the following specifications :
- RGB 800×480 display @60fps
- 24-bit colour
- FT5406 10 point capacitive touchscreen
- 70 degree viewing angle
- Metal-backed display with mounting holes for the Pi
The mechanical dimensions are :
- Overall dimensions : 194mm x 110mm x 20mm (including standoffs)
- Viewable screen size : 155mm x 86mm
The box contains :
- 7″ Touchscreen Display
- Adapter Board
- DSI Ribbon cable
- 4 x Stand-offs and screws
- 4 x Jumper wires
There are plenty of screen options for the Pi at the moment but an official screen is a welcome addition to the Pi ecosystem. Having the Foundation behind a product ensures it will be will supported and be able for the foreseeable future. This takes a lot of the risk out of picking up an LCD from eBay and then searching for any software support for it.
Alex Eames from RasPi.TV had early access to the screen and has created a video to demonstrate it :
Matt Richardson has created a video showing the touchscreen being used to control the GPIO pins :
Farnell provide a link to The Official Operating Guide.
The screen is available from all the usual sources including CPC, Farnell, RS, Allied Electronics, Newark. Other retailers have stock on the way!
Full details including a bit of history on the screens development can be found on the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s blog.