Official touchscreen display released for Raspberry Pi

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Officially, only the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, B+, and A+ are supported(Credit: Raspberry Pi)

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Apple isn't the only fruity company with big news in the touchscreen device sphere. Turning your Raspberry Pi into a tablet just got easier thanks to a newly-released official 7-inch touchscreen display for the little computer that could. It's available to purchase now, and will set you back from US$60.

The display features a 10-point capacitive touchscreen and 24-bit color, RGB 800 x 480 display at 60 fps. Viewing angles are rated as 70-degrees, and the actual viewable screen size dimensions are 155 x 86 mm (6 x 3.3 in). The screen is fitted with a metal rear and mounting holes, and it connects to the Pi using a ribbon cable running to the DSI port. An optional perspex frame to hold your Pi is also available in several bright colors.

Officially, only the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, B+, and A+ are supported. However, more advanced tinkerers should note that the display will actually work with the earlier Model A and Model B boards, but the mounting holes won't line up.

Users will be able to simply update their Raspbian OS to the latest build to grab the required drivers for full 10-finger touch. An on-screen keyboard will be integrated into the OS to allow full touchscreen functionality without requiring an additional keyboard or mouse.

More advanced details, including power supply and compliance information, are available on the Raspberry Pi blog, and for those looking for a screen that draws far less power, the recently crowdfunded PaPiRus E Ink display might be worth a look.

Product page: Raspberry Pi Store

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