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Samsung Announces Retina Tablet Display

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Samsung will be revealing an ultra-high resolution display for tablets at the SID Display Week 2011, which will opened its doors over the weekend.

The 10.1-inch screen features a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels, which is four times the pixel density of common 10.1" (Android) tablets such as the Motorola Xoom (1280x800 pixels). Apple's iPad and iPad 2, by the way run with 1024xz768 pixels.

The Samsung display has a density of 300 dpi, which falls just short of the iPhone 4's 326 dpi an could be considered the first "Retina" display for tablets. According to the manufacturer, the screen delivers a brightness of 300 cd/m2 indoor and outdoor as much as 600 cd/m2 to, which should be enough to see content on the display even in direct sunlight.

The "PenTile" display technology is provided by Nouvoyance, which engineered a quincunx pattern of pixels, rather than the usual square pattern. The quincunx approach features more connection points with neighboring [pixels and less gaps, according to Nouvoyance. The result? Apparently, the clarity of the screen is much better than what we would expect from a 2560x1600 pixel 10.1-inch display. Given the fact that we typically seen such resolution only on high-end 30-inch displays anyway, we expect to see an astounding display tomorrow.

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    shennan19 , 17 May 2011 06:31
    Sounds amazing but there are a few queries with a display that dense:
    a) what's the cost going to be like
    b) what's the impact going to be on battery running the display
    and c)will the hardware be able to run on the res smoothly and if it can then back to b)!
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    e-z , 17 May 2011 06:51
    If they can squeeze 2560x1600 pixels into a 10.1" panel, why doesn't anyone make a 19" 1080p panel for PC's? I'm pretty sure I've seen 19" TV's with 1080p but none for monitors. The reason I ask is because I need a new monitor but due to space restrictions, even the smallest monitor I can find (21.5") doesn't fit :( 

    Anyway, I also wonder what the damage on the battery life will be due to such a high res and if it's even necessary to have that res on a tablet.
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    Nick_C , 17 May 2011 14:30
    I saw a 19" 1920x1080 monitor in CostCo the other day....
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    Zingam , 18 May 2011 01:37
    Useless shit :D  What's the purpose if the GPU won't support it?
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    Griffolion , 18 May 2011 16:26
    It doesn't really matter if it falls short of 327 like the iPhone 4, the majority of people fail to tell the difference between 250 and 300, which is why 'retina' screens are a bit of a farce to me.

    Anyway, here's to hoping they don't sell this to Apple, we won't hear the end of it if they do.
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    Dr_M0rph3us , 19 May 2011 15:15
    Higher pixel density doesn't necessarily mean a higher power consumption, if properly implemented, but it could need a better GPU to drive such resolutions. Technologically, much higher density displays are possible, but until now, very few producers accounted the marketability of such panels, since there wasn't a large OEM demand. In my opinion, it's a good start for consumer markets to acknowledge the need for higher density displays, as it increases the image quality and usage range for the device, maybe even for professional use.

    Off-topic: "(...) the first "Retina" display for tablets" -- Why does everyone keep comparing specs to Apple products? They aren't even that innovating, and high-pixel-density displays have been around for more than a decade in professional and military applications (Eksma, Kopin, etc)...