Raspberry Pi official touchscreen goes on sale

Raspberry Pi has officially placed a touch display on sale for the tiny computer today.

It’s been almost a year since Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton first revealed the screen, saying:

“The whole time we’ve been doing Raspberry Pi, we’ve been saying – ‘yeah, the display accessory is coming’.”

Finally, that display accessory is here and it costs $60, or £48 in the UK.

The 7in touchscreen has a resolution of 800 x 460 pixels and 10-finger capacitive touch to enable tinkerers to easily create their own, rather thick, Raspberry Pi tablets.

Interestingly, the Raspberry Pi screen uses the DSI connector on the board itself. This means you can actually run two displays from a single Pi now – one using the DSI-connected touchscreen and another using the HDMI output.

The screen can also be powered by the driver board using the Pi’s GPIO port, so it doesn’t require a separate power source. It’s supplied with a micro-USB power in and USB power out, so you can actually power your Raspberry Pi board through the screen if you so wish.

This isn’t the first screen designed to be used with the Raspberry Pi – there are plenty of third parties making screens of all sizes – but it’s the first official screen on offer.

The touchscreen is compatible with Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and Raspberry Pi models B+ and A+.

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