The tablet industry has not really embrace ultra high resolution displays, Apple tends to garner the most attention with their Retina technology. Will the future of tablets be 8k?
The 2020 Olympics in Japan will be the first large televised event that will br broadcast in 8K resolution. There are a number of companies pumping out prototype panels that just might their way into your next tablet. These include JDI’s 17.3-inch LCD that was just announced last week, as well as Ortus’ insanely sharp 9.6-inch LCD (that’s a whopping 915 dpi!) from May, and Sharp/SEL’s 13.3-inch OLED display. All of these screens have a staggering resolution of 7,680 X 4,320.
The average tablet screen has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. There are a number of brands that have pushed the boundries with products that are either out already or will be released in the next month. Likely, the most well known tablet that has a high-definition screen is the iPad Air which has 2048 X 1536. The upcoming Google Pixel C tablet has 2560 X 1800 and the Microsoft Surface 4 has 2,736 x 1,824.
One of the big problems with the high resolution displays currently on the market is that there isn’t a lot of content that takes advantage of it. Android is fairly fragmented with so many screen sizes and resolution standards that app developers tend to appeal to the lower end of the spectrum. Apple on the other hand has more or less kept the resolution the same on the entire line of iPad Air’s, and this has prompted developers to issue magazines, newspapers and comic books that look amazing. Games too, are pushing the the boundaries.
The best resolution you will get on streaming video services on tablets is 1080p. Netflix does have an 4K ultra service that is only compatible with a few television sets, but Roku 4, the new Apple TV and the second generation Fire TV box all have 4K compatibility.
Do you think the tablet industry will bypass 4K displays and just gravitate towards 8k displays? The dramatic increase in resolution will likely make a huge difference in the way we play games, watch videos or read magazines. The big hurdle is cost, the first televisions will be out in two years but will likely be prohibitive in the cost.
via Japan Times
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