Pimoroni’s HyperPixel features a 3.5″ display with 800×480 18-bit color pixels and a capacitive touch overlay, making it more sensitive and responsive than a resistive touch display. The plate uses the high speed DPI interface on the Pi and can use the mini display as a console, X window port, displaying images or video, etc. Best of all, it plugs right in on top – So easy!
The DPI interface is super fast, and has speed-optimizations just like HDMI, but it uses just about every pin on the Pi so it is a challenge to use this and also connect sensors, add-ons, device, etc to the Pi. You should stick to devices that interface with USB rather than the GPIO header.
This HyperPixel 3.5″ is designed to fit nicely onto the Raspberry Pi Zero, Pi 3, Pi 2 or Model A+ / B+ (any Pi with a 2×20 connector). Not for use with the old Pi 1 with 2×13 connector. If you’d like to use a 3.5″ display with the original Pi A or Pi B, check out this version!
Everything comes fully assembled, so there’s no soldering required! The display secures to the HyperPixel PCB via a neat little flush-mounting FPC cable. Just pop HyperPixel on your Pi and run the installer to get set up!
Works with any 40-pin version of the Pi, including Pi Zero and Pi Zero W. If you’re using it with a larger Pi like the B+, 2, or 3, then use the extra 40-pin header that’s included to boost it up to the required height. If you’re using a Zero or Zero W then just pop it straight onto the GPI.
We’ve created a custom kernel package based of off Notro’s awesome framebuffer work, so you can install it over your existing Raspbian (or derivative) images in just a few commands. Our tutorial shows you how to install the software, as well as calibrate the touchscreen, display images such as from your PiCam and more!
- High-speed DPI interface
- 3.5″ display (45.3×75.6mm)
- 800×480 pixels (~270 PPI)
- 18-bit color (that’s 262,144 colors! WOW!)
- 60 FPS frame rate
- Capacitive touch
- 40-pin female header included to boost height for Pi B+, 2, 3
- Compatible with Raspberry Pi 3, 2, B+, A+, Zero, and Zero W
- One-line installer
Please note: when installing HyperPixel onto your Pi, make sure not to press down on the screen surface. Hold the board by its edges and wiggle it to the extended header (or GPIO header).