Samsung May Launch “Retina” Display Tablet In February Before Apple’s iPad 3

iPad with Retina Display

It is widely speculated that iPad 3 will come with a Retina Display, offering a resolution of 2048×1536, double the resolution of the original iPad and iPad 2.

But it looks like Apple may not be able to call it the tablet with the highest resolution screen as Samsung is planning to launch a 11.6 tablet with a higher resolution screen than iPad 3 in February, according to BGR.

That is also around the same time when Apple is expected to unveil the third generation iPad.

BGR reports:

Even though the tablet features a larger display than Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, we’re told that the tablet is “barely larger” due to the fact the slate will have a thinner bezel with a whopping 2560 x 1600 resolution, 11.6-inch screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio. 

This is not the first time we’re hearing about a 2560 x 1600 resolution screen. Back in May, Samsung had demonstrated a 2560×1600 10.1″ LCD at the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium, which makes use of PenTile RGBW technology. At that time, Dr. Sungtae Shin, Senior VP of Samsung Electronics claime that the PenTile RGBW technology will ensure that it is more power efficient:

Samsung’s PenTile display technology is the only display technology that operates at 40 percent less power yet provides twice that of Full HD-viewing performance for consumers compared to legacy RGB stripe LCDs. There is no other commercial display technology on the market today that offers this high of a resolution and pixel density in a 10.1-inch size display

But MacRumors points out that some experts have criticized the PenTile technology:

The PenTile display uses a series of local filter operations to convert the underlying image into display intensities, including convolution, thresholding, color curve adjustment, and postprocessing with locally-adaptive filters. In practice, this means the display blurs the red and blue channels by dispersing these color intensities to the nearest subpixel element of the right color, and then also implements subpixel positioning to increase the apparent resolution again. However, subpixel spacing is not constant across the display, making the real apparent resolution complicated to estimate

Nevertheless, it looks like things are going to get very interesting in the tablet market in the early part of next year.

[via BGR]