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Samsung puts retina-display-like high-resolution screen on Galaxy Tab 10.1

May 13, 2011 |  9:46 am

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Samsung has fit a version of its upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet with a high-resolution screen that will rival high-end screens such as Apple's retina displays.

The company is set to demonstrate the new tablet-computer display at the SID Display Week conference next week in Los Angeles, showing off a 2560 x 1600 resolution, with 300 dpi (dots per inch, which is a measure of how many pixel can fit in a square inch).

"The prototype demonstration marks the first time this resolution has been available for the tablet market in the popular 10.1-inch format, rivaling the highest resolution smart-phone displays now on the market," the consumer electronics giant said in a statement.

Samsung is releasing a Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet later this year, with a lower 1280 x 800 resolution and running on Google's Android Honeycomb operating system, but said the higher-resolution screen could make its way to a consumer tablet later this year.

When Apple unveiled its iPhone 4 last June, it touted what it called its retina display, which features 326 dpi. Any dpi of 300 or greater is said be so dense that pixels are indistinguishable from each other to the human eye at a distance of about 10 to 12 inches.

Many speculated that the iPad 2 would be outfitted with a retina display similar to that of the iPhone 4, but such a display was not included among the updates to the iPad in the second-generation model.

Samsung said its 300-dpi "PenTile" screen technology was developed in partnership with Nouvoyance, a display engineering firm based in Cupertino, Calif. The company also said the new screen will use about 40% less power than a traditional display of the same size.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Twitter.com/nateog

Image: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Credit: Samsung

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