The Raspberry Pi is a tiny desktop computer that sells for about $35… but like most desktops, you need to spend a little more money to actually use the Raspberry Pi since it needs a display, mouse, and keyboard.

Now there’s an official accessory that turns the Raspberry Pi into a sort of standalone device though: Raspberry Pi now offers an official touch display for $60.

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This isn’t the first touchscreen display for the Raspberry Pi, but it is the first that’s officially endorsed by the group that makes the computer.

The screen is a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display with 24-bit color, with support for 10-point capacitive touch input, and a 70 degree viewing angle. The screen is designed to that it can be plugged into the Raspberry Pi display connector, leaving the little computer’s HDMI port free for a second display.

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You can also mount the screen to a Raspberry Pi, effectively creating a little all-in-one desktop (or a battery-less tablet). The screen can draw power over a USB cable and you can use a single power source to supply electricity to both the display and the Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi also sells the display with an optional frame with a built-in kickstand.

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11 replies on “Official Raspberry Pi touchscreen display now available for $60”

  1. Appears there are two ribbon cables connecting the display to the Pi. Why are there two?

    1. Looks like there’s just one between the Pi’s main board and the screen controller board. The other connects the screen to the screen controller.

    2. One for the screen and one for the touch overlay…they released a video explaining actual setup as well…

  2. for $60 i don’t see much appeal kinda defeats the purpose of the Raspberry Pi when you can get a better tablet for $60

    1. The article talks about desktops and tablets, but it isn’t hard to imagine other reasons for having a touchpad interface to a Raspberry Pi.

      1. I agree i am just pointing out that for what you get the price is a bit steep

        1. It does seem a bit steep for a low spec 7″ Touch Screen by itself that you still have to get the Raspberry Pi and anything else you want to hook up separately…

          Though, it may be because they don’t expect much demand and only produced a limited quantity… Perhaps if it proves successful and they then produce a much larger quantity that then the price will go down but it would be interesting to find out the BOM for this to be sure…

    2. I fully agree. Is there a truly open source tablet with minimal blob drivers? RPi2 + touch screen costs more than $100.

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