Samsung will demonstrate a 10.1 inch display with an incredibly high screen resolution at the SID Display Week event next week. Most 10 inch netbooks and tablets on the market today have display resolutions of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1366 x 768 pixels, or 1024 x 600 pixels. Samsung’s new display blows them all away with a resolution f 2560 x 1600 pixels.

To put that in perspective, the pixels are packed almost as tightly as those on the iPhone 4’s Retina display. That means you can put your eyes as close to the screen as possible and odds are you won’t be able to pick out individual pixels on the 300 dpi screen.

Samsung says the screen uses 40 percent less power than a typical LCD screen while offering much higher pixel density than even a 1080p HD LCD display.

While Samsung and Apple have worked together in the past, it’s unlikely that this particular display will bring Retina-level graphics to the next iPad, since Apple seems pretty happy with its 9.7 inch screens with 4:3 aspect ratios. But Samsung is showing that it’s feasible to make small screens with very high resolutions.

Samsung isn’t the only company working on high-resolution displays though. LG also plans to show off a new line of Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching products at the SID Display Week event, ranging in size from 3.5 inches all the way up to 84 inches, with some tablet-sized screens thrown in for good measure. LG says its screens will have 1.5 to 2 times the pixel resolution of a typical LCD.

Now if only someone would make an affordable 22 inch monitor with a similar screen resolution.

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6 replies on “Samsung introduces a 2560 x 1600 pixel 10 inch display”

  1.  I think the most exciting thing to me here is that this is 16:10 instead of 16:9 like a 1366×768 screen.  I must be uniquely alone in that I LOVE the fact that the iPad has a 4:3 screen because I read more than I watch movies, and the old golden rule does actually make that more comfortable.

    I don’t mind wide and relatively short monitors on my desktop because their size allows me to put pages side by side on a single monitor and make use of that real estate.  I haven’t had that experience on anything in this screen class however.  In fact I usually just resent them because at 16:9 the screen isn’t great for anything but movies or maybe games…  It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll have to scroll in one direction or the other depending on how you orient the device (long and skinny, or short and very wide).  Even the extra screen width on a 16:10 like you get on a 1280×800 (which this doubles in each direction for 4 times the pixels count), helps alleviate this to an extent.

    Keep up the good work I guess… I just want to see more screen sizes that aren’t slanted towards the “HD Movie” experience.

    1.  It depends on the software. Windows netbooks with 1366 x 768 pixel displays tend to be hard on the eyes because you wind up with tiny text and tiny images. But Android tablets with 1280 x 800 pixel 10.1 inch displays look great because instead of shrinking the text, the OS and most apps use the extra pixel density to make everything look… well, less pixelated. Videos, graphics, and web sites look much better — and if you want to zoom out to view sharper text you can, but it’s rarely *too* sharp the way high density Windows models can be.

      1.  Well, he didn’t actually say why he thought it was too dense.  Maybe that’s how he really feels.

        However, you’re right, hardware resolution simply represents an opportunity, and it’s up to the software and its configuration to determine if that opportunity is handled to user’s benefit or detriment.  Many users feel that this could be too dense because of previous experience with one of those detriments.  However, unlike you, I feel that the software currently available for netbooks offers greater flexibility in making use of higher resolutions.  Not only are these operating systems more configurable (unfortunately, most people just don’t bother), but once you recover from the overapping-window paradigm and get back to your roots with a tiling window manager, greater hardware resolution becomes extremely useful.  We should also start see the ZUI replace the GUI soon (in some sense, it already has), and this is really where a high resolution panel will shine.  Ironically, this is also where low resolution panels will shine too.

        Also, this is “only” 200 DPI, which is highly dense but not really that dense.  In contrast, the forthcoming 1920×1080 7 inch panels are basically indistinguishable from reality and might become the most popular panel on the market.

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