Where are Samsung’s high resolution tablets?

by: Adam KoueiderJuly 26, 2013
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The Nexus 10 is currently Samsung’s only high-resolution tablet offering.

Most people would agree that behind battery life and performance, the display is the most important component in a mobile device. Even more so in a tablet, where the display is especially crucial. A screen resolution which looks great on a 4.5-inch smartphone won’t pull off the same effect on a 10-inch tablet. The main reason for that is something called pixels per-inch (PPI).

We've been left a little perplexed by the lack of high-resolution tablet offerings from Samsung.

The iPad 3’s Retina Display set a bar for other tablets to reach with a pixel density of 264 PPI, but then the Nexus 10 surpassed it with its 300 PPI display. On Thursday, the new Nexus 7 beat them all into a submission with its 323 PPI screen, so we are left a little perplexed by the lack of a high-resolution tablet from Samsung, the biggest Android OEM.

Sure the Nexus 10 is technically made by Samsung, but Samsung has yet to grace its Galaxy Tab range or even its Galaxy Note 10.1 with the same high-resolution display.

Samsung’s current offerings are, well, consistent

 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1Galaxy Tab 2 10.1Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
Display resolution:1280x8001280x8001280x800
Processor:1Ghz dual-core Tegra 21Ghz dual-core OMAP 44301.6Ghz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560
Battery (mAh):7000mAh7000mAh6800mAh

In three years Samsung has never, not once, increased the resolution on the 10-inch variant of its Galaxy Tab range. For those of you who don’t know, that 1280 x 800 resolution on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 gives a pixel density of 149 PPI, less than half of what the Nexus 10’s display offers. Now in a market where staying still for even a brief second is suicide, that just isn’t good enough.

Samsung obviously hasn’t decided that its customers don’t deserve high-resolution displays, since it makes the Nexus 10’s 2560 x 1600 display, and the Ativ Q boasts a display resolution of 3200 x 1800. So what is Samsung waiting for?

Samsung ATIV Q

The Ativ Q has a stunning 3200×1800 display.

It’s possible that Samsung simply believes that the Android tablet market just isn’t worth investing too much into and that the only way to beat the iPad is to undercut it and join in on the “race to the bottom”. Now that means that the costly high-resolution display is usually the first one to go.

Samsung is rumored to be working on a 12-inch Android tablet with a resolution of 2560 x 1600, but it won’t break any records with its slightly larger display size. The fact that Samsung’s high-end smartphones pack higher display resolutions (Full HD 1920 x 1080) into significantly smaller form factors doesn’t bode well for Samsung.

Wrap up

Samsung’s competitors aren’t standing still in the tablet domain either. Sony already has a Full-HD display on its Xperia Tablet Z, and Asus is packing a 2560 x 1600 display on its 10-inch Transformer Pad Infinity. Samsung needs to improve its tablet offerings ASAP if it wants to continue growing its tablet market share, because its current offerings are mediocre at best.

What do you think of Samsung’s current tablet offerings? Does Samsung need to offer a high-resolution tablet?

  • OMGgary

    Yes, absolutely, they need to improve the res on their tablets. It’s not like most of their tablets are priced that cheaply either, so the low resolution certainly could be a determining factor for a lot of people, who will just get an iPad instead when they hear the Galaxy Tab or Note has much less pixels.

    • K.

      Even the Toshiba Excite Pro has a much better screen resolution. Samsung could at least put a 1920 x 1200 screen on their tablets. And as you say it’s not like their tablets are cheaper than others.

    • jamesinkorea

      Samsung products are VERY EXPENSIVE….

    • kellyfarrow123

      Another impressive Android tablet to launch this week is the Pipo M7 Pro ($255) that for about the same price as the new Nexus 7, features a much larger 8.9 inch display with 1900×1200 screen resolution, a Quad core processor, along with built-in GPS navigation… and is packed with features that compare to the new Nexus — this new model is compatible with Chromecast and also works with Miracast HD Wireless (like Apple AirPlay) that unlike the new Chromecast, features that ability to display all tablet content as well as movie streaming wirelessly to a TV; and the Pipo M7 also offers premium speakers, WiFi with both 2.4 and 5.0 GHz frequencies for greater connection, and a premium Windows style User Interface that makes the Android experience much more intuitive and user friendly — Pipo Electronics also offers a similar model, the Pipo M6 that features a larger 9.7-inch 2048×1536 screen. More details on both these models are available at Tablet Sprint — one of the first sites to carry the new Pipo Series tablets.

  • ghx

    I would like to see note 10.1 with full hd display or better

    • If samsung care about the “poor people’s” market, at least it should introduce high specs variants maybe with the note 8 and 10.1 for those who can afford. A fullHD screen will be good enough for 2013-2014 timeline. Samsung is good at giving people a lot of options.

    • Cal Rankin

      With that resolution, and an Exynos 5 Octa processor, it would have the power and resolution to run just about any two apps side by side, if not more. I like to see side-by side plus the overlay on LG phones. That would make this tablet the best business tablet

  • mrjayviper

    I need a replacement for my TF700 was looking into Samsung for a possible replacement because of the microSD. But it seems other than the microSD, the rest of the specs is just not my preference. I’ve looked at Sony’s offering but I feel S4Pro is last year’s spec not this year’s. I’m still waiting for a replacement.

    • Daniel DS

      Why replace one of the best tablets of 2012 already??

      • mrjayviper

        it may be the best specs-wise but it’s SEVERELY hampered by the cheap EMMC Asus used on the device. just checked the numerous feedback in amazon and in xda about this problem.

        • Daniel DS

          I personally prefer the TF700 even over the Xperia Tablet Z

          • mrjayviper

            that’s your preference. not just mine

  • Jaun Lombard

    I think Samsung will do what Apple is doing…Bring out a AMOLED version…like the iPad mini and iPad mini Retina! the 12″ Tab will most likely have a good screen as will the next 10.1 Note! AMOLED is usually reserved for top of the line Tabs and the 10.1 Tabs was never premium!

    • kascollet

      AMOLED and big HD screens don’t mix. What are you saying ?

  • kascollet

    I agree. Samsung definitely has to bring a high-res tablet to the market.
    I guess the main reason why they haven’t yet is because no powerful enough SoC was available. Today, there are finally two capable chips available : the Exynos 5420 (Mali 628) and the Snapdragon 800 (Adreno 330). Both are more powerful than the iPad 4 GPU : that’ll do the job !
    It’s now a question of months.

  • jz100

    I’m so sick of reading this nonsense. We have an iPad 2 and an iPad 3. There is absolutely NO difference in viewing either one of them. The only way you might see something is with your eye an inch away from the screen, which no one does. Even a test shown on YouTube asking random people which display was the “retina” display, half even said the lower res ipad 2 was the higher res screen.

    You can sit and name any ppi you want, and someone will claim its not enough. Where does it end?. It’s complete nonsense all started by Apple fanboys.

    • kascollet

      You illustrate your silly point with the worst example : most YouTube clips aren’t HD themselves ! How can you demonstrate resolution that way ???
      High-res screens are a gift, period.

    • mrband

      I’m with you. Retina resolution or beyond is a ridiculous waste of power and battery. FullHD is more than enough for any 10″ tablet.

      • kascollet

        Yes…and no.
        There are two ways and two purposes to high-res screens :
        – tha Android usual way : increasing gradually the resolution and thus changing the way apps behave and scale when you do so. Example : go from 1280X800 (Nexus 7 Gen1) to 1920X1200 (Nexus 7 Gen2). Apps have to deal with the different screen estate. Result is good if the appis made for both resolutions (2 distinct versions of each app), bad if the app just scales (because the greater res device will feature blank space)
        – the Apple aka Retina way : quadruple the pixel count by doubling the two values, 1024X768 becomes 2048X1536. Same ratio AND same estate. Apps stay the same, display the same exact content, only much sharper, easier on the eyes (things don’t become tiny, just sharper). Apple just won’t make anything in between because the ratio and size stability of the screen is crucial to maintain great app experience. Not just Apple is doing it that way : Nexus 10 and ATIV Q are two examples (like ALL Retina Apple devices, be they Macs, iPhones or iPads).

        Of course, such high res consume power and battery but its a huge leap forward in legibility and no harm is made to experience.

    • Texts look worse on lowres displays

  • Nihar

    Any news of next Gen Note 10.1 release date?

  • jamesinkorea

    I’m of the opinion that cheapskate Samsung is trying to gouge consumers. Why put in better displays or improve the quality of these crappy tablets when consumers are willing to pay premium prices for what costs little for Samsung to produce?

  • Mikestroh

    I totally Agree. When Samsung released the New Tab 3 series Tablets all of them should of at least been baselined at full 1080P resolutions (most noteable: the 8″ version). Even with a slightly higher price it would have sold like hotcakes. My only issue with the new Nexus 7 is it’s screen size and lack of SD card slots. If Samsung released the Tab 3 8.0 with this option, I would not have hesitated in purchasing the tablet.

  • Know nothing

    I am currently using samsung galaxy tab II, and thinking of replacing the tablet space to one with high resolution. But, I am wondering if samsung is going to release any high-res-10-inch tablet. If it is not producing any high-res, then samsung will definitely not my choice.

  • Know nothing

    I am currently using samsung galaxy tab II, and thinking of replacing the tablet space to one with high resolution. But, I am wondering if samsung is going to release any high-res-10-inch tablet. If it is not producing any high-res, then samsung will definitely not my choice.