The tablet industry was almost nonexistent prior to the arrival of the iPad back in 2010. But slowly and steadily, Google started making plans for its own tablets running on the now extinct Honeycomb OS. We all know how that turned out for the Mountain View based tycoon. But fast forward to October 2012, and you’ve got an iPad with Retina Display and Google’s budget range ASUS Nexus 7 well established in the market. It is now believed that Google could be looking to partner with Samsung to launch a relatively bigger 10.1-inch Nexus tablet. This is merely a rumor for now, but one that does hold weight especially considering the fact that Google hasn’t yet launched a direct competitor to the iPad after Motorola XOOM back in early 2011. Moreover, this alleged Nexus tablet is said to feature display resolutions like never before on an Android tablet. Analyst Richard Shim cites supply chain information which suggests that this new 10.1-inch tablet will feature display resolution of 2560×1600, which when all the math is done will give a pixel density of 299 pixels per inch(PPI).
If this is true, the Retina Display iPad’s dominance could be very short lived, as it features a pixel density of 264 PPI with its 9.7-inch display (2048×1536). We really hope the idea/rumor materializes as people aren’t quite spoilt for choice when it comes to high end tablets. As the source rightly mentions, there haven’t been a lot of top end Android tablets which made a mark except for the ASUS Transformer series. However, as with every rumor we remain skeptical until we have some sort of confirmation either via leaks or with a formal announcement. It must be mentioned that Apple’s Retina Display on the iPhone was the top dog until Android OEMs started rolling out smartphones with HD displays which gave them better pixel density. The Sony Xperia S and the popular HTC Rezound on Verizon were among the early few to actually beat the Retina Display in terms of pixel density. Today HD displays are quite common, so the Retina Display factor isn’t as big a deal as it used to be.
Nexus tablets will undoubtedly sell better than any other Android tablet in the market as it will carry support directly from Google. And given Google’s long standing partnership with Samsung for the Nexus smartphones, this doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Samsung is one of the top manufacturers of high end Android tablets, so this should go down well with the Korean manufacturer.