Motorola is allegedly in a mad rush to develop a prototype 10.1-inch Android tablet optimized for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Does that excite you? That doesn’t excite us either. In fact, we find that to be too predictable, and we’re sure Motorola isn’t the only one busy in the labs.
But, here’s what might excite you as much as it did excite us. The folks at Fudzilla have been told by purportedly insider sources about a currently existing Android tablet prototype with a screen resolution of–hold your breath–2048×1536. We find that truly incredible, but Fudzilla’s sources allegedly have seen and touched and played with the prototypes. The screen resolution is simply mind-blowing, considering that its about twice the resolution on the Motorola XOOM tablet (i.e., 1280×800).
More than that, the prototype tablet’s display is said to have a 4:3 aspect ratio, but what’s more interesting is that the sources said the upcoming tablet is going to be way much thinner than the Motorola XOOM.
Fudzilla’s sources had no idea what processor was inside, but it’s possibly one from NVIDIA–perhaps the quad-core Tegra 3 (Kal-El)–since Motorola and NVIDIA are chummy. Otherwise, it could be one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragons, which is also good.
Those, plus Ice Cream Sandwich–sounds like a delicious treat to look forward to. No release date has been pegged for this tablet, although we reckon it just may come in time for the holidays, at the very least, or maybe in early 2012.
These are rumors and speculations, but wouldn’t it be wonderful for them to turn out true? What do you want to see on Motorola’s next 10.1-inch Android tablet?
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It’s going to be difficult to view that in an emulator. I’ll need a new monitor.
“way much thinner” eh? Will it have any grammatical correction tools?
seriously though, such a resolution would be nice for viewing movies, but downloading content at such high-res would not be very ‘mobile’ – which is one of the plus points of tablets isn’t it?
Not sure what you’re getting at. What ‘content’ are you downloading that ‘downloads’ at a specific resolution?
Uh… What content aren’t you downloading that downloads at a specific resolution?
Every video file that I’ve ever seen has a native resolution.
I’m not sure why that high of resolution is needed on such a small screen. I have found no legal venue for HD movies on the Xoom so far, so that is a non-issue for me.
Umm, are you saying home videos are not legal?
The current XOOM is a nice piece of hardware to work with. However, before the brilliant minds in Motorola’s labs put all of their energies into a new tablet, consider the following suggestions:
1) enable the current tablet to work with a USB mouse and keyboard,
2) enable the current tablet to send a PDF-based print job to a printer based on an IP address,
3) enable the current tablet to use Java Swing.
Each of these suggestions is based on the idea that a current body of solutions sits just out of reach for lack of a little more technology. There are too many USB-based keyboards and mice on the market to have people switch to bluetooth. Bluetooth mice are hard to find. USB-based mice and keyboards are everywhere.
Printing a PDF document is a no-brainer… get it done. I should only have to register the printer as an HP LaserJet compatible and know the IP address on the network.
I really like what Google has done with Java. However, after the chest bumping is over… a lot of people know Swing. And you have a graphical interface. You missed the boat on this one. Maybe Adobe will fill this one in with flash. This is not really a Motorola problem… but the solution would be valuable to many.
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Roderick L. Barnes, Sr.