Samsung to Try to Beat Apple to Market with a "Retina" Display Tablet?

galaxytabThe ongoing battle between Samsung and Apple might get a little more intense come February. BGR reports that Samsung is preparing to launch its own high resolution 11.6" tablet that will carry a 2560 x 1600 resolution screen.

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.

A resolution of 2560x1600 would beat the 2048x1536 display that the iPad 3 has been rumored to have.

Samsung first introduced a similar 2560x1600 screen back in May at SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium. That screen, however, used the less conventional PenTile technology to achieve its high resolution which has been criticized for some potential drawbacks.

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

Apple and Samsung have been in an ongoing legal battle over similarities the Galaxy Tab product line and the iPad.

Apple has been long rumored to be working on a high resolution iPad display that would carry twice vertical and horizontal resolution of the iPad. Apple used a similar technique when it upgraded the iPhone's screen to 960x640 from 480x320. Apple's iPad 3 is expected to carry a resolution of 2048x1536, up from 1024x768 in the current iPad. Rumors have suggested that there have been production holdups on creating these high resolution screens in quantities. The latest reports suggested Apple could also be able to release the iPad 3 as early as February, though other reports have suggested a slightly later release.

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Top Rated Comments

Marcus-k Avatar
165 months ago
Copying isn't competition.

Apple didn't invent high resolution screens.
Score: 60 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleScruff1 Avatar
165 months ago
I didn't know Apple made their own lcd panels. I thought they bought them from Samsung and other suppliers. How can Samsung copy something that Apple doesn't make?
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rmwebs Avatar
165 months ago
Oh joy, yet another "Samsung sucks - they copy from Apple" thread.

As hard as this may be for some of our lesser educated members to understand, Samsung are not copying apple. For one thing "retina display" is not a technology. It's a term invented by the apple marketing department because they didn't want the same "high resolution display" name that their competitors use.

Now, with a tablet there is only so much you can do. We are at a point in technology where we have to wait a few years for the next gen super cpu's ( I'm talking 3ghz+ quad or oct core arm's). The logical thing to do right now is improve the usability as that's pretty much all that can be done. The screen is a logical upgrade. The tech has only recently become available and was most certainly not an apple innovation. Companies like Samsung and LG are the ones doing that research and development, not apple as they don't make displays.

The assumption here seems to be that if apple's rumour surfaced first then anyone else who is rumoured to be doing the same thing MUST have copied Apple...if that's what you want to believe then more fool you, but Samsung is much more likely to have had access to the tech way before apple. The issue has been getting a CPU that can power it reliably (the A5 should suffice but it will take a performance hit, that's for sure).
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tendenzi Avatar
165 months ago
Most tablets in my area are rectangular with a black bezel. I suppose someone could innovate and invent a new geometric shape since Apple invented the rectangle.

They didn't even invent the tablet, but look at tablets pre-iOS and post-iOS, you'll see a clear influence Apple has had over the market, and how "innovative" the rest quickly became.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pixelpro Avatar
165 months ago
At least someone is trying to compete with Apple.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Marcus-k Avatar
165 months ago
+1.

But even if Samsung beats Apple to market, it's only a matter of weeks/months they'll have the lead. It took this long for Samsung to leap frog?

Samsung needs to stop pretending it innovates. It's always been the affordable to the premium line-ups, at a cost of quality and maturity in their product line ups.

In what way is creating a new screen capable of high resolutions copying Apple? And it's only a rumour so far that Apple is actually going to use a "Retina display" on their next iPad, so again, in what way are they copying Apple?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)