Retina Who? Google Set to Announce 10", 2560x1600 Jelly Bean Tablet
October 21, 2012 1:09 PM
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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
upcoming iPad Mini
, but Google is looking to grab a few headlines of its own on Monday, October 29.
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, 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.
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RE: That's great and all, but...
10/23/2012 12:47:35 PM
Higher PPI means more clarity (to a point, as Apple's "retina" marketing makes clear). Yes, current commodity hardware is lacking to do realtime 3D rendering or video decoding at resolutions that high, but the vast majority of what people stare at on their phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops is text, not movies or games. We have plenty computing power to drive extremely high resolution text.
RE: That's great and all, but...
10/23/2012 6:07:26 PM
Significantly higher density means more clarity better text rendering, but the difference is greatly exaggerated, with the exception of moving from very low density for phones to the current standard of around 200ppi or so. At that point pixel edges become significantly less clear and you get decent text rendering.
Having a relatively low PPI standard is not arbitrary. try running apple's macbook retina and watch as it struggles to even browse youtube, dropping to 15~30fps frequently. that macbook actually has superior hardware to the "average" computer spent staring at text and charts. It's going to be a long time before your average computer has something comparable to an i7. The response times would also likely be worse overall considering more pixels for the panel to handle. We started seeing HD adoption in the late 90s for broadcast and nowadays hardware is still mostly just good enough for 1080p.
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