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Raspberry Pi gets an official 7-inch touchscreen

by on09 September 2015

800x480 resolution touchscreen for US $60

While you could connect your Raspberry Pi to a screen via HDMI output, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has now released an official Raspberry Pi touchscreen.

To be available immediately, the new Raspberry Pi touchscreen has an 800x480 resolution, 10-point capacitive touch support, 24-bit color and 70 degree viewing angle. It comes with mounting holes for the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, Model B+ and the Model A+. Earlier versions of the Raspberry Pi will work with the display but mounting holes will not line up.

The new Raspberry Pi touchscreen can be powered via an external power supply or via PWR OUT GPIO connector on the Raspberry Pi and connects to the Raspberry Pi via DSI (Display Serial Interface) port. This also means that you can now run two displays via Raspberry Pi, touchscreen via DSI and one via HDMI, allowing users to use the touchscreen as an input device, which means that there is no need for a keyboard and mouse.

Currently, the Raspberry Pi touchscreen needs some assembly but later versions will be fully assembled. There are already plenty of stands and cases for the touchscreen in case you want to intergrate it with the Raspberry Pi computer.

As noted, the new Raspberry Pi touchscreen is already available with a price set at US $60 in the US and £48 in the UK.

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