At this week’s SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium in Los Angeles, Samsung Electronics will demo the industry’s first 10.1-inch WQXGA format PenTile RGBW tablet display. “So what?” you ask. It sports an ultra-high resolution, liquid crystal display (LCD) with 2560 x 1600 resolution. And that may spur development of the iPad 3 along just a bit.
The Samsung prototype demonstration marks the first time this resolution has been available for the tablet market in the 10.1-inch format. The 300 dpi display is ideal for applications that require extraordinary image and text clarity such as browsing the web and viewing high-definition movies, or reading books and spreadsheets. Samsung expects to have commercial availability of this technology for tablet applications later this year.
A high resolution display like this definitely foreshadows a Retina display in an iPad 3. However, don’t expect a shrunken version of the display to appear in an Apple tablet. So far Apple has preferred the In Plane Switching technology over Samsung’s PenTile.
What’s more, based on Apple statements, I don’t think we’ll see an iPad 3 this year. But who knows? Apple could have a Retina display, end-of-the-year, holiday surprise for us.
— Dennis Sellers