Friday, December 09, 2011

Can Samsung beat Apple to the punch with the first retina-display tablet?

Samsung is set to launch an upsized Galaxy Tab in February, one which qualifies as having a retina display, perhaps beating Apple to the "first retina display tablet" punch, according to a new report.

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The thing is, tablet buyers aren't impressed by the specs of a device. Or at least, they haven't appeared to be impressed by pure specs. The Motorola Xoom far outclassed the iPad and was at least equal to the iPad 2 in many ways (including stereo speakers and much better cameras, for example), but couldn't dent the iPad market share.

No, instead the excellent Apple marketing department has virtually created the tablet space on its own by showing people what they can do with the iPad, instead of how much RAM it has. That said, Android tablets are definitely starting to take some market share away from the iPad.

This Samsung tablet is rumored to have an 11.6-inch screen, with a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, resulting in a retina display (probably as faux as the iPhone 4 / 4S', but oh, well). The tablet won't be that much larger than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 thanks to a reduced bezel.

Other reported specs include a 2GHz (!) dual-core Exynos 5250 CPU, a 16:10 aspect ratio, and of course, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It could be unveiled at February's Mobile World Congress, if things go as rumored.

It's also rumored that Apple's next-generation A6 processor is very similar to the Exynos 5250, which uses a dual-core Cortex A15 chip.

All this hardware may not serve much, however: surveys have shown that, at least for now, when people think tablet, they still think of the word iPad, not the word tablet itself.

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