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10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab Prototype Appears

A 10.1-inch prototype of the Samsung Galaxy Tab may have been tracked down at the FPD international trade show which is being held in Chiba City, Japan.

Nikkei Electronics published the picture of an electronic book reader that looks eerily similar to what a bigger version of the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab might look like.

Interestingly, the panel used is a LCD one rather than an AMOLED; the new panel is both thinner than existing one and much lighter (28g vs 130g) which may herald some serious weight loss in future laptops or tablets.

The panel has a resolution of 1024x600 pixels and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. Unfortunately, Samsung said that it would be at least two years before the panel would be commercialised on a mass scale.

One cane can expect Samsung to adopt the manufacturing process, which apparently requires only a few tweaks, to suit smaller devices like the existing Galaxy Tab or the Galaxy S.

The saving of 100g worth of material for every 10.1-inch panel also means that the process is likely to be a real cost saver for the bill of material.

The main disadvantage of the screen though is its resolution, which at 1024x600, means that the display has a lower pixel density than the iPad.

By 2013, it is likely that HD ready displays will be the norm, which means that Samsung will have to release screens with a display resolution of at least 1280x720 pixels.