Banana Pi / Pro 3.5″ TFT LCD Module Review

Introduction

I really like small TFT displays – they are great when you want to display information in a limited space!

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Lemaker is introducing a line of LCD displays (3.5″, 5.0″ and 7.0″) for its popular Banana Pi and upcoming Banana Pro single board computers, and today we are reviewing the 3.5″ module.

Full Disclosure: Lemaker kindly provided a pre-release version of the Banana Pro/Pi 3.5 inch RGB LCD Module for review – however don’t worry, that will not influence my review.

Specifications

Banana Pro/Pi 3.5 inch RGB LCD Module

LCD size 3.5 inch (Diagonal)
Interface Parallel RGB
Resolution 320 x 240
Driver element a-Si TFT active matrix
Dot pitch 73(W) ×219(H) um
Connector 40 Pin FPC to the Display Sensor Interface (DSI)
Surface treatment Anti-Glare
Color arrangement RGB-stripe
View direction 6 O’Clock
Power 5V/250mA
Active area 70.08 (W) × 52.56(H) mm
Dimension 76.9(W) ×63.9(H) × 3.26(D) mm
Weight 112G

(For full product information please visit the Lenovator product page)

First Look

The 3.5″ LCD Module arrived in a plain brown box.

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It was securely packaged in an anti-static bag, and held on foam cut to shape.

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Above is the LCD and 100mm 40 pin 0.5mm pitch FPC cable in all its glory.

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Here is the back of the LCD panel – note U1, space for a SOIC-16 touch panel controller with space above it for two decoupling capacitors and space for a four pin resistive touch panel FPC cable.

I asked Lemaker about the space for a touch panel controller – and they confirmed that the next board revision will support an I2C resistive touch panel & controller.

Article Index

  1. Introduction, Specifications, First Look
  2. Installing the flex cable, Installing the driver
  3. Display quality, Power Consumption, Price & Availability
  4. Conclusion

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