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New Google Nexus 7 display: From 'world’s highest resolution' to 'world’s sharpest on 7in tablet'

A number of news outlets (including the Daily Mail, Foxnews and The Telegraph, among others) have reported that the new Google Nexus 7 tablet comes with the world’s highest resolution screen - which is not quite true. What Hugo Barra said on stage last night was that the tablet is “the world's highest resolution 7 inch tablet”.

Indeed, there are at least four tablets or tablet-like devices that come with a higher resolution. These include Apple’s iPad 3 and iPad 4 (2,048 x 1,536 pixels), the Samsung ATIV Q hybrid (3,200 x 1,800 pixels) and the Google Nexus 10 (2,560 x 1,600 pixels).

To Google’s credit though, the website’s copy now indicates that the tablet had the “world’s sharpest 7in tablet screen” which is a small but significant difference. At 323ppi, the pixel density of the new Nexus 7 is far superior to the rest of the small form-factor tablet competition.

The new Google Nexus 7 tablet (opens in new tab) has more than twice the number of pixels per square inch compared to the original version and 16 per cent more than its nearest competitor, the Nexus 10 tablet, or indeed the Google Nexus 4 smartphone, bringing it painfully close to Apple’s own Retina Display pixel density (326ppi) found on the iPhone 4/4S/5.

A higher pixel density means a sharper picture, or as Google puts it, “text that’s sharper than the printed page” and “images more vivid than the highest quality photo magazine”.

The high-end new Nexus display could well push full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) as the de facto standard for mainstream screens regardless of the purpose - work monitor, laptop, television, smartphone or tablet. Here's hoping.

Désiré Athow

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 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.