Is Motorola working on a new, high-resolution tablet?

Is Motorola working on a new, high-resolution tablet?
Remember when we told you that the iPad 3, iPad 2 plus, or whatever  its real market name will be, might get a display sporting a resolution higher than anything we have ever seen on a tablet? Well, Apple's slate is not the only device targeted by such speculations. Rumor has it that Motorola is working on a 10-inch tablet that will boast a display with the jawdropping resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels and that working prototypes of the device are already in the hands of a few lucky testers.

What is also rumored about the said Motorola tablet is that its screen will have a 4:3 aspect ratio – same as the iPad 2 and the HP TouchPad. Besides that, the device is said to be significantly slimmer and lighter than the Motorola XOOM meaning that the rumored tablet might also have the potential to take the title of “thinnest tablet on the market” away from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. No further hardware specs have been mentioned by the sources of the rumor, but there is a slight chance that an NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset will be humming under the tablet's hood and Android Ice Cream Sandwich will be running the show.

So, how does the idea of having such a high-resolution display on a tablet sound to you? Would you find it useful or you think that it wouldn't make a difference? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

source: fudzilla via SlashGear

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27 Comments

1. shifterracer unregistered

I think they should be working on fixing the problems with the original xoom. Last time i checked (5 minutes ago) my xoom still could not access the SD slot and it was still chugging along at 3G speeds (yes i have 4G in my area)! Oh and most the apps crash all the time...grrrr!

9. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

sounds like you're having the typical android experience

27. derp unregistered

it sure does. heres some snippets of a sony android device that will be released soon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AyVh1_vWYQ

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh yes. Come to me, sexy baby. Of course, if Motorola does go with the wider aspect ratio, we'll see plenty of iFanboys claiming "copycat!"- because as you all know, Apple owns an entire aspect ratio.

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Sniggly the minute this Motorola tablet comes out I am so there with you! This sounds like the perfect tablet I have been waiting for. I almost got the original Xoom but I am so glad I didn't. I really don't care what the iSheep say, their iPad 2 is about to get eaten alive. Plus they will always find some reason to bash Android anyway! lol An Android Ice Cream Sandwich, 2048 by 1536 pixels, Tegra 3 & the thinnest (maybe) tablet is EXACTLY what you say SEXY. So dude I am right behind you on release day! lol

3. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

sounds to me like the Tablet in the Verizon ad that everyone became so interested in.

5. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Let's hope they reduce the bezel as well! The current iPad and Xoom's bezels are way too big! They should make the screen larger so that you can enjoy a movie it.

6. tichtech

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

I hope it's not "high resolution" like the DX2 or the D3. Yes those pentile screens like decent from farther away, but who holds their phone at arms length to use it?

7. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 2011

I love the 4:3 on the Tablets. I would love that on an Android tablet.

10. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

I wonder how will this affect apps that don't support such high res screens? There will be several android tablets in the market with different screen resolutions. How will app developers for android handle this?

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

probably there will be workarounds as is also known that some devices have different resolutions and apps work fine on them, will have to see what happens but probably there will be a fix to that....

14. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@Protozeloz. Apps will definitely work just fine. But that's not my question. My question was, will developers bother developing apps to support such a high resolution for one android tablet when the rest of the android tablets don't have such a high resolution? Meaning, this moto tab will have retina display on its specheet, but apps won't be in retina display anyway. Just like the bunch of 4g android phones, that have 4g on its specsheet, yet only works with 3g because 4g is not available yet in a lot of areas.

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

ok, sorry I misunderstood your question, as far as rumors go the new android devices for Ice cream sandwich will have a rather hight resolution, those are usually the ones devs go for, probably (as in I have no clue) they will get dev kits that will include system check up (apps already can tell what phone you use) so it may not be so hard for them to support both a hight and low resolution on the same app by asking what phone its installed on and using the right settings, its a good Idea that the resolution is increased before the market gets more apps, that way newly introduced apps will only need to be worked once

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The same way PC developers handle the different specs of computer hardware: a magic function called SETTINGS.

13. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

You mean just like android devices rushing in to 4G phones to attract customers into thinking that 4G signal is everywhere and then customers end up getting 3G anyway? So this tablet will have retina display on its specsheet, yet apps won't be supporting that resolution anyway? Oh ok.And btw sniggly. Are you trying to say that if an app does not support retina display, that a user can go to settings and that app will magically be upgraded to retina display? Wow. That's awesome.

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

No, I was saying exactly the opposite, dips**t. If someone has hardware that doesn't support the highest settings on the app (game mainly) they can just downgrade the graphics settings. However, Google is also asserting tighter control over fragmentation anyway, and Androidsupport Market now includes cues regarding which phones work best with apps.

19. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Nah, still much simpler and much more uniformed and standardized with iOS ;)

22. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

@sniggly: that was unnessisary he was just asking a simple question and you flame him. not once did he bash android or praise iOS. dont go acting like a douche when somebody doesnt deserve it.

24. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Sorry, thumbed you down meant to thumb you up :(

25. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

My first response was mildly sarcastic. My second response was more biting because Gemini was even more sarcastic/stupid in response.

15. andro unregistered

Expect apple to sue afterall only apple can law claim to inventing a so called high pixel 'retina' display on a device despite it the screen being made by lg. Motorola must have copied apple of course

18. Tom unregistered

Not a single negative comment from any pro-applers out there, but a couple from pro-androiders whining before anything has even been officially announced, yet alone released. Get over yourselves.... and maybe go outside and ride a bike.

20. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Exactly, lol. And then they'll say that they're only like that because Apple fanboys start it. Yet, when you look at all the articles, Apple fanboys never start anything, but fandroids do, lol. They're a delusional bunch, lol.

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Apple iFanboys never start anything? Bull. f**king. s**t.

23. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

"and maybe go outside and ride a bike" lol

26. hollywoodw unregistered

FU Motorola.... never buying another device from you again... stop making false promises to gain an upper hand on the market and dumping junk on to loyal cutomers.. big thumbs down for the way they handled the xoom... really FU! constant crashing, delayed software and hardware updates...wacky accessories bad docks and cases... back camera sucks...and let me get this straight vzw has a 4G tablet coming out before motorola gets the 4G update. I paid good money to have the xoom...Get it together motorola!

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