Asus is the only company that has officially announced plans to release a tablet with a new NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. But we’ve seen leaked information suggesting Lenovo and Acer are both working on next-gen tablets with NVIDIA’s latest chip. There’s also a rumor that HTC wants in on the Tegra 3 action as well.
Today the Acer Iconia Tab A510 showed up at the GLBenchmark website, spilling some early test results. But it’s not the test scores that interest me right now, since they’re not really optimized for the Tegra 3 chip anyway.
It’s the system information page, which shows a screen resolution of 1920 x 1128. GLBenchmark tends to get confused when tablets reserve some pixels for a persistent toolbar, so 1920 x 1200 seems like a more logical screen resolution.
That’s interesting, because we’d been hearing that the Acer A510 would have a 1280 x 800 pixel screen and the Acer A700 would have a higher resolution 1920 x 1200 pixel screen.
Either GLBenchmark is getting some of its details wrong, or Acer could have several tablets in the works with 1080p HD displays, while Lenovo has at least one.
The NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset is more than capable of cranking out 1080p video and feature some pretty strong 3D graphics processing power as well. Now it’s starting to look like tablet makers are starting to put screens in upcoming Android tablets that will take advantage of that extra processing power.
via Notebook Italia
Makes sense. They probably all looking over their shoulders at what Apple’s going to be doing with the iPad 3. There are already rumors that it will be sporting a 2048 x 1536 pixel screen, and if your top of the line Android tablet has barely half that resolution (a quarter of the pixels) then you’re not going to be able to sell it at anywhere close to the price of the iPad.
HD gets you close enough, given the fact that any difference between you and the iPad 3 at that resolution is more likely down to the quality of the display manufacturing and the backlighting.
All that said, I fully expect most manufacturers will have both SD and HD res tablets in their lineup for the next year at least, as the prices for the HD displays comes down.
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