Google's next Nexus tablet is likely to be a co-branded collaboration with Samsung, insiders claim, and giving the Nexus 7 a high-resolution 10-inch bigger brother. Unlike the budget $199 Nexus 7, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim tells CNET, the Samsung-made "Nexus 10" will be "a high-end device" that uses a 2,560 x 1,600 display for a 299 ppi pixel density, besting what Apple currently offers on its Retina display equipped new iPad.
The latest iPad runs at 2,048 x 1,536 spread across 9.7-inches, for a 264 ppi pixel density. Interestingly, Samsung has been tipped to be readying a 2,560 x 1,600 tablet for some time now, though the screen size has always been rumored to be bigger than 10.1-inches; last we heard, it measured in at 11.8-inches in a device codenamed the Samsung P10.
It's certainly not impossible that Samsung could be delivering that resolution at a more typical tablet scale, however, though it's most likely to be using LCD rather than AMOLED technology. The company announced a 10.1-inch 299 dpi panel in mid-2011, prompting speculation at the time that it could be the screen Apple would go on to use in the third-gen iPad.
In addition to the high resolution, the Samsung screen includes an "outdoor-viewing mode" that can boost brightness to 600 cd/m2. It also delivers a 72-percent color gamut range, whereas existing tablet LCDs of the time were hovering at around the 55-percent NTSC mark.
Pricing for the high-end Nexus tablet has not been leaked yet, though with a display of that resolution it's unlikely to come cheap. Google's focus in Android has centered more on tablets in recent months; in addition to pushing the Nexus 7, the company has redoubled its efforts in developer outreach to try to encourage more Android apps for tablets.
Shim also lent his weight to chatter of a $99 super-budget version of the Nexus 7, predicting that the new slate would drop in December 2012.
[via Android Community]