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Google is looking to one-up that iPad's Retina display

Apple may be looking to crush the competition's hopes of taking over the 7" tablet market with its upcoming iPad Mini, but Google is looking to grab a few headlines of its own on Monday, October 29.
 
According to The Next Web, Google will officially unveil a 32GB version of its popular Nexus 7 tablet. The device has already turned up in stores across the U.S. and some lucky people have even been able to purchase the device, which is priced at $249 (the same price as the previous 16GB model). In addition, there will also be another 32GB Nexus 7 that will feature 3G connectivity. This device will most likely be aimed right at Amazon's 8.9" Kindle Fire HD LTE 4G (say that three times fast).

 
The star of the show, however, will be Google's new 10" tablet that was developed in conjunction with Samsung. This tablet will come bearing Android 4.2 (still operating under the Jelly Bean codename) and a Retina-surpassing resolution of 2560x1600 (300 ppi). Apple's "New iPad" features a screen resolution of 2048x1536 (264 ppi).
 
The device will likely be called the Nexus 10. We don't have any specs to report on at this time other than the screen, but we can only assume that it'll be packing a quad-core processor and at least 64GB of storage space at the high-end.

Source: The Next Web



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RE: No
By EnzoFX on 10/21/2012 2:24:28 PM , Rating: 2
No. Are you one of those that don't understand the other benefits of a higher ppi? This isn't about fitting more on the screen like it was on desktops and laptops.


RE: No
By inighthawki on 10/21/2012 2:29:29 PM , Rating: 2
There's a point where being able to see clarity while holding it 3" from your face is beaten out by the processing power and battery drain required to render everything on the screen at that level of clarity. High res displays come at a pretty high cost in those departments.


RE: No
By Samus on 10/21/2012 5:30:52 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Anything over 240-260ppi is really surpassing the limits of the human eye at viewing distance.

It's not like the average user is going to be looking at the text under a magnifying glass like searching through the obituaries in a newspaper...thats what pinch or tap-to-zoom is for.


RE: No
By mcnabney on 10/22/2012 10:35:10 AM , Rating: 2
Remember - raising the resolution has a cost besides dollars.

More pixels means more power to run the screen and an incrementally more powerful GPU in the SoC to maintain performance - which in turn eats more battery. The iPad 3 is a giant battery - doubling battery size of the iPad2 just to maintain the same amount of useful time.


RE: No
By someguy123 on 10/21/2012 6:11:33 PM , Rating: 4
The other benefits like reduced pixel edge visibility and edge rounding for games only make sense if the hardware and battery life are there. People grossly overestimate the power of these processors, and most of the time they never reach full load to save battery life. Even with apples walled in garden you run into performance problems/dumbed down visuals to meet retina, if not half internal resolution. Most developers will probably not even try to meet native until hardware catches up, but it's not like you can swap out a SoC later if you purchase a tablet now. All of your video will need to be upscaled as well if you want to full screen.

This type of push makes sense on something plugged into a wall socket, but it seems like the wrong priority for portables.


RE: No
By tayb on 10/21/2012 9:41:05 PM , Rating: 3
I don't know about everyone else but when I use my tablet I hold it about two inches from my face.


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