Google 10-inch tablet to push display tech envelope

Google's tablet partnership with Samsung could yield some cutting-edge component tech, not the least of which is the pixel-packing display.

The Nexus 7 currently has a display with a 216 PPI. That could jump to about 300 on a 10-inch Nexus tablet.
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The 10.1-inch tablet — expected in the first half of next year — should boast a pixel density that is higher than any tablet on the market right now. This includes the 8.9-inch display on the Kindle Fire HD and the 9.7-incher on Apple's third-generation iPad.

But it won't be a cakewalk for Samsung to get there: squeezing a 2560x1600 pixel density screen onto a 10.1-inch tablet will push the display-manufacturing tech envelope — not unlike the manufacturing feats Apple demands from its production partners.

As a yardstick, consider the upcoming 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. It is expected to put 2560x1600 pixels (the same pixel count as the 10-inch Google tablet) into a 13.3-inch display. That yields a PPI (pixel per inch) of about 227. But by stuffing that density into a 10-inch screen, the PPI jumps to just shy of 300.

That begins to approach the 326 PPI on Apple's iPhone, which, of course, uses a much smaller 4-inch screen.

All of this becomes possible for Google because of its partner, Samsung. Ironically, the South Korean company supplies — or has supplied — Apple with the most cutting-edge of cutting-edge liquid crystal displays (LCDs), including those on the Retina iPad and Retina 15.4-inch MacBook Pro.

And, of course, Samsung makes the AMOLED screens — a different kind of display tech — used on its own Galaxy phones.

In fact, Samsung is the only company that successfully manufactures both high-volume advanced AMOLED and LCD screens. But the high-density PPI action is currently centred on LCDs — not AMOLED. Sharp, for example, last week announced the start of production of a 5-inch 443 PPI display.

But if Sharp is able to make those kinds of LCDs, you can bet that Samsung probably can, too — and will.


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grumpi posted a comment   

I'll have one of these if Samsung include a battery big enough handle the near 300 PPI display.


zi ggy posted a comment   

well there goes even more of that awful battery life. oh yeah tech companies, haven't heard the word battery for a long time have you. well, why dont you let the little fella catch up, because it is obvious your going too fast. just slow down a bit, it'll do wonders


Im Batman posted a comment   

While it is good to see hardware getting pushed, but more so, by it not staying "exclusive" to one vendor but multiple OEMs making it a reality.
(we saw it with the iphone retina display, it took well over a year unitl we saw something similar on the market by a competing vendor)...I just hope its not for spec sake.

Hopefully they do not forsake battery life etc, as was shown on the "new" ipad, that screen sucked alot of battery life, they essentially double the battery size from the previous gen... and it wasn't for the LTE, just the screen!!!

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