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Samsung could be shipping 2560x1600 resolution tablet panels by end of 2011

The new ultra-high resolution screens will be shown off next week at the SID Display Week International Symposium

Samsung has announced on Thursday that the company will be showing off an ultra-high resolution screen designed for 10-inch tablets at the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium during May 17-19.

The high resolution panel, based on Samsung’s PenTile display technology, will be a 10.1-inch screen of 2560x1600 pixels, which is an eye-popping 300 pixels per inch (PPI). For comparison’s sake, the 1024x768 resolution screen of the iPad 2 offers less than half of the advanced Samsung panel at only 132PPI.

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 of Samsung affiliate Nouvoyance. Indeed, the ultra-high resolution display is expected to use 40 percent less power than screens of comparable size while still offering up to 600nits of brightness in outdoor environments.

In addition to the resolution and power efficiency improvements, the PenTile screen will also be able to display a wider color gamut at 72 percent of the NTSC color range versus just 55 percent of conventional tablet displays.

Exactly what tablets the high-resolution Samsung panel will be put to use on is still a mystery. It wouldn’t be surprising, however, if Apple decided to include the technology in the next-gen iPad in order to achieve Retina Display quality. According to Electronista, Samsung anticipates making the screen available for manufacturers by the end of 2011. Still, the thought of a tablet screen surpassing 1080p has certainly gotten us excited for the official presentation this coming May 17th to 19th.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-05-13 (Update: 2012-05-26)