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HyperPixel 4.0 - Hi-Res Display for Raspberry Pi – Non-Touch

by Pimoroni

A high-resolution, high-speed 4.0" TFT display for your Raspberry Pi with optional capacitive multi-touch!

HyperPixel 4.0 is the perfect way to use your Pi without a bunch of cables or a bulky display. Design your own interface to control your project, display data, or turn your Pi into a tiny media centre.

This new version of HyperPixel has a gorgeous IPS display, with wide viewing angles, custom-made cover glass (on the touch version), and the alternate I2C interface is broken out for advanced users.

It's available in touch and non-touch versions, depending on your preference.

Note that the images of the displays on this page have not been Photoshopped. That's the Raspberry Pi OS desktop with our HyperPixel wallpaper on! (click here to download our HyperPixel wallpaper)

Features

  • High-speed DPI interface
  • 4.0" IPS (wide viewing angle, 160°) display (86.4x51.8mm)
  • 800x480 pixels (~235 PPI)
  • 18-bit colour (262,144 colours)
  • 60 FPS frame rate
  • Contrast ratio: 500:1
  • Capacitive touch*
  • 40-pin booster header included
  • Standoffs included to securely attach to your Pi
  • Compatible with all 40-pin header Raspberry Pi computers

*Only on Touch version

HyperPixel uses a high-speed DPI interface, allowing it to shift 5x more pixel data than the usual SPI interface that these small Pi displays use. It has a 60 FPS frame rate and a resolution of approximately 235 pixels per inch (800x480) on its 4.0" display. The display can show 18-bits of colour (262,144 colours).

The Touch version has a capacitive touch display that's more sensitive and responsive to touch than a resistive touch display, and it's capable of multi-touch!

Everything comes fully-assembled, and there's no soldering required! The display is securely stuck down to the HyperPixel 4.0 PCB and connected via a neat little flush-mounting FPC cable. 

Please note: when installing HyperPixel 4.0 onto your Pi make sure not to press down on the screen surface! Hold the board by its edges and wiggle it to mate with the extended header (or GPIO header). Also take care not to pull on the edges of the glass display when removing your HyperPixel.

It'll work with any 40-pin version of the Pi, including Pi Zero and Pi Zero W. If you're using it with a larger Pi 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 GPIO.

The included standoff kit allows you to mount your HyperPixel 4.0 safely and securely to your Pi. Just screw them into the posts on the underside of the HyperPixel 4.0 PCB and then secure with screws through the mounting holes on your Pi.

Software

If you're using a recent version of Raspberry Pi OS (Bullseye or later) then you'll need to use the built in kernel drivers - just add the following line to the end of your boot/firmware/config.txt (and then reboot):

dtoverlay=vc4-kms-dpi-hyperpixel4

You will need to have I2C disabled (sudo raspi-config nonint do_i2c 1).

If you need to rotate the display you can do this using Pi OS's 'Screen Configuration' utility (this should rotate the touch too).

⚠ The screen backlight will not automatically turn off when you shut down / power off your Pi. We'd suggest unplugging the power cable from your Pi (or turning off your power supply at the socket) when you're not using it to ensure longevity of the screen.

Notes

    • Dimensions: 58.5x97x12mm (WxHxD, depth includes header and display).
    • HyperPixel uses basically all of the GPIO pins to communicate with the Pi (including the standard I2C pins) so it's not generally possible to use it with other HATs and devices that connect via the GPIO.
    • Dimensional drawing (Touch version, but the board size and connector locations are the same on the non-touch variant).