Samsung announced that it will be demonstrating an all new 10.1-inch display at the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium next week. This display will consist of a 2560 x 1600 resolution, something far in excess of anything available on the tablet market today.
At 300 dpi, the display also compares favorably with the Retina Display resolution found in Apple’s iPhone 4. According to Samsung, the PenTile technology used in the display will allow the device to operate while drawing 40% less power.
According to experts, there are a number of reasons why this technology may not be used by Apple in a possible upcoming iPad 3.
The 10.1-inch size factor exceeds the 9.7-inch size of the current iPad design. The display resolution is also in excess of the pixel-doubled resolution of the iPad’s current 1024 x 768 display. Apple has also decided to refrain from making use of the PenTile technology which can be found in devices such as Google’s Nexus One.
To the flip side of the coin, Samsung may have proven that high resolution, tablet-sized display is indeed possible without giving up power efficiency. This may, likely, lead to a Retina Display quality touchscreen in an upcoming iPad 3.
It was rumored last year that Apple may include such technology in the iPad 2. This never materialized mainly due to high costs and manufacturing constraints.
Samsung provided no further information on the display, so it is still unclear whether this technology may make its way to the company’s Galaxy Tab. If Samsung can find a way to include this technology into their own tablet before Apple manages to implement it into an upcoming iPad, Samsung may well have the hardware advantage over Apple.
We look forward to next week’s announcement by Samsung.