New Google tablet picks a pixel fight with iPad's Retina display

New Google tablet picks a pixel fight with iPad's Retina display

Mountain View : CA : USA | Oct 09, 2012 at 3:07 PM PDT
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Everyone knows that the sharpest, clearest, most stunning screen resolution display capabilities found on any computer, smartphone, or tablet belong to Apple products with Retina display. The new iPhone 5, the previous iPhones 4 and 4S, the new iPad, and the latest version of the MacBook Pro all have Retina display—a super-high pixel density providing the highest-resolution, best HD picture quality in the business.

Apparently it won't be the best in the business much longer. Google is reportedly developing a 10-inch tablet that packs even more pixels onscreen than the Retina display seen on the new iPad—an unprecedented 2,560x1,600 display on a 10.1-inch screen.

CNET reports that Google is working on a new tablet that will have a higher pixel density than the new iPad. The new high-end Nexus tablet, being developed in partnership with Samsung, will display 299 pixels per inch. The next-gen iPad with Retina display comes in at 264 pixels per inch.

Of course, the resolution on this Google/Samsung tablet will not actually be called "Retina display." Apple has applied for a trademark on that term, and Samsung has enough legal problems with Apple as it is.

Additionally, this super-Google Nexus tablet has not even been officially announced. Google has not yet commented on the matter. CNET has sources with supply chain information. That is, an analyst has verified that these products are in production by analyzing the supply chain and talking to people who aren't supposed to be talking to people. The analysis firm NPD DisplaySearch provided the information, and this is the same firm that correctly predicted the Amazon HD Kindle Fire.

This high-end Google Nexus tablet will be a little bit larger than the new iPad. The current reigning next-gen iPad has a 9.7-inch screen, while the up-and-coming, super-high-res new Nexus will have a 10.1-inch screen. Google's current top tablet, the Nexus 7, has a 7-inch screen.

The news also indicates that Google is doubling down on their hardware relationship with Samsung. The Nexus 7 is manufactured by Asus, but the Asus brand name does not appear on the product. The 10-inch high-res Nexus will reportedly have Samsung's name displayed on the product.

While this Google supertablet will boast the highest resolution of any tablet on the market, it will not have the highest resolution of any device on the market. That distinction still belongs to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, both of which have 326 pixels per inch, albeit on smaller screens of 3.5 inches (iPhone 4) and 4 inches (iPhone 5).

Joe Kukura is based in San Francisco, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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