Samsung Announces Super High-Resolution Tablet Screen
The iPhone 4 Retina Display wowed us with an incredible resolution that makes the screen pop. Now imagine taking that same crisp resolution and applying it to a 10-inch tablet screen. That's what Samsung has done.
Samsung announced its new PenTile RGBW prototype tablet display, developed by an affiliate company called Nouvoyance. The PenTile display has a 2560-by-1600-pixel resolution, which is simply unheard of in mobile technology. By comparison, there are 27-inch desktop monitors that don't have that many pixels, and Samsung has packed them all into a 10-inch display.
In order to achieve the Retina Display effect , where the pixels are so dense they can't be discerned by the naked eye, a display needs to have at least 300 dpi (meaning 300 pixels per inch), and the new Samsung display has that. And Samsung has managed to include all that while improving the power management (which is so important for mobile devices running on battery power). The screen technology uses 40 percent less power than previous LCD technology while vastly increasing resolution.
"In order to develop tablets with the form and function that consumers demand, a design engineer ultimately has to determine how to get the highest resolution display possible, while still fitting within the overall power budget for their design," said Joel Pollack, executive vice president of Nouvoyance, in a statement.
For now, PenTile is not officially scheduled for any upcoming tablets, but Samsung expects to have commercial versions ready for manufacturers later this year. It's unknown whether Apple will plan to include a Retina Display in the next version of the iPad , but the PenTile is the right size and Apple has used Samsung parts in past devices.