One of the most irksome aspects of the growth of tablet computers during the course of the last year was resolution based. Sure, tablets gained dual core processors and more RAM in each unit, but the display technology has not really changed. In most cases, we see 1024×768, 1024×600, and in most cases 800×600. Since Tegra 3 is hitting the scene and many venders are switching to it, what good is a crazy processor if you can’t enhance the screen resolution? This is all set to change during 2012 with the emphasis on high quality images for video and gaming.
First of all, the new Apple iPad 3 is set to be released during the first half of the year. The rumored resolution is an insane 2048X1536. This will pack quite the graphics punch and will provide application and gaming developers a chance to provide content that takes it to the next level. Companies betting on the future of Google Android and Ice Cream Sandwich under the Tegra 3 architecture are set to roll out 10.1-inch models with a resolution of 1920 by 1200. Not only is resolution dramatically increasing, but we will start to see varying screen sizes in more units such as; 7, 8.9, 9.7, 10 and 11.6 inch tablets.
Digitimes is reporting that “in 2012, global tablet PC shipments are expected to grow 60% to over 95 million units, including 57 million iPads from Apple, 10 million from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, 9-10 million from Samsung Electronics and one million from Sony.” The market obviously is set to experience tremendous growth and companies will do well to not only bolster the hardware underneath the hood but on the screens themselves. Nothing is worse than getting a new device just released and finding out it has a resistive touchscreen with a layer of film that leaves the colors washed out and features a resolution of 800×600.