Raspberry Pi Power-Up Guide: Display

Introducing – Find the one

rpi display guide

Maybe you are already an raspberry pi user, maybe not. We made an comparison between the display for raspberry pi. To make it clear, We make a simple sheet representing the features and specs.

The simplest way to get started with Raspberry Pi is display. Power and boot the Rpi, wait until the main screen! I will never forget the first time playing RPi.


But there’s a dozen of display out there, see the list below:Yes, quite a lot of them. But there is one happy thing: most of them share the same pinout/interface for RPi, no matter what model your RPi is, B or B+, it always works. For a better choice for you, you’d better understanding the follow definition.

Name LCD Type Size Interface Touch Screen Colors Resolution Ratio Price
2.8″ USB TFT Display Module For Raspberry Pi TFT 2.8 inch SPI Y 65K 320×240 4:3 45.5
3.2 Inch TFT LCD Screen for Raspberry Pi TFT 3.2 inch SPI Y 65K 320×240 4:3 34.95
Raspberry Pi 3.2″ Touchscreen Display w/ 8 extension header TFT 3.2 inch SPI Y 65K 320×240 4:3 29.95
3.5″ Primary Display for Raspberry Pi TFT 3.5 inch SPI Y 65K 480×320 3:2 69
4.3″ Raspberry Pi Display Module TFT 4.3 inch Serial Port Y 65K 480 x 272 N/A 99
7” Diagonal – 1280×800 IPS HDMI/VGA/NTSC/PAL Display IPS 7 inch HDMI/VGA/NTSC/PAL N N/A 1280×800 16:10 129
10.1”LCD Display – 1366×768 HDMI/VGA/NTSC/PAL TFT 10.1 inch HDMI/VGA/NTSC/PAL N 262K 1366×768 16:9 89

What is TFT/IPS?

  • TFT stands for Thin Film Transistor. The Thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT LCD) technology is the most common display technology used in mobile phones.
  • IPS LCD Stands for In Plane Switching liquid Crystal Display. This technology offers better display quality as compared to the TFT-LCD display. The good part about IPS LCD is that it offers better viewing angles and consumes less power. Due to higher costs, it is found only on high-end smartphones.


  • For some small size display, none of them is used. USB in hardware and SPI in software is much cheaper choice.
  • VGA: Analog signal. Limited by bandwidth which prevents higher resolutions.
  • HDMI: Digital signal. Can carry audio and video data.
  • NTSC is the video system or standard used in North America and most of South America.
  • PAL is the predominant video system or standard mostly used overseas.

Notice for Model B+

The extra pinout will be covered if you use a Model B Compatible display, Raspberry Pi 3.2″ Touchscreen Display w/ 8 extend headers is designed for Model B+ specially, the pinout will be extend to the side of RPi:


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October 2014