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Retina Screen Coming To iPad 2 Successor By 2013?

Samsung offered a sneak peak at the future of its LCD portfolio for tablet-sized devices from from this year until 2015 and it looks likely that glassless 3D and "Retina Display" type pixel density are part of the plan.

Engadget published (opens in new tab) a number of slides that show how Samsung plans to increase the pixel density from the current 170ppi (as found on the Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy Tab 8.9) to up to 300ppi by 2013 and a whopping 400 ppi by 2015.

At the same time, Samsung predicts that power consumption will decrease by around 40 per cent, with a 24.8Whr battery being able to power a top-of-the-range screen for up to 10 hours (up from 6 hours currently).

Size will also go down although Samsung failed to quantify this; the slide also showed an option for glassless 3D which is quite interesting as the Korean company has just announced a strategic partnership with Masterimage 3D, a startup that specialises in cell-based parallax barrier 3D technology.

Even more interesting is the fact that Samsung manufactures the screen of the the iPad tablet (v1 and v2) and it is therefore extremely likely that this technology will end up in one of the successors of the iPad 2.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.