Samsung has just announced that it will be demonstrating a new display panel for touch screen devices at the SID Display Week 2011 next week in Los Angeles. The display will have a huge resolution of 2560 x 1600 @ 300dpi and will be a 10.1-inch panel.
What is interesting to us is that the display may pave the way for the highly demanded Retina Display in the next version of the iPad. One of the reasons it failed to materialize in the iPad 2 was put down to power consumption. The new Samsung display uses a technology known as PenTile which is said to draw 40% less power consumption. PenTile has been developed by Samsung's partner Nouvoyance.
Because tablets are regularly used for viewing rich-colored images, the 10.1-inch 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. “In order to develop tablets with the form and function that consumers demand, a design engineer ultimately has to determine how to get the highest resolution display possible, while still fitting within the overall power budget for their design,” said Joel Pollack, executive vice president of Nouvoyance, Samsung’s affiliate company that developed the PenTile RGBW technology.
Before we get too excited, Apple and Samsung have a little bit of work to do prior to this display appearing on the next gen iPad. The current iPad 2 has a 9.7-inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio at a resolution of 1024 x 768. If this was doubled to make it a Retina Display, it would be slightly less than this Samsung panel at 2048 x 1536. The Samsung panel also has an aspect ratio of 16:10 which Apple do not acknowledge as being the best for a tablet device. There is also the small matter of an ongoing legal case between Apple and Samsung to sort out.
The good news is that Retina Display type panels are starting to appear now and become a real possibility for future devices. How many of our readers would want a Retina Display on their next iPad? Let us know in the comments!