When the new iPad (3rd generation) debuted a week ago, anyone who went hands-on with the slate went gaga over the high-resolution Retina display. The “Mac Press” sang the usual praises about how Apple has done it again, and how they’ve raised the bar to another unachievable high for rival manufacturers. But that’s not quite how it really works. You see Apple doesn’t totally manufacture their own hardware. Both the display and processor could only come from one company on the planet right now, and they just so happen to be making some of the best Android devices available.
Bloomberg is reporting today that according Vinita Jakhanwal, a senior manager at iSuppli IHS, Samsung has been the only company capable of meeting Apple’s quality standards for the new Retina display. Both LG and Sharp haven’t been able to maintain the level of quality desired by Apple. For the time being, Samsung will be the only manufacturer supplying displays to Apple for use in the new iPad.
Samsung also manufactures the processor in the new iPad, along with other iOS devices like the iPod Touch and iPhone.
So why should the fact the Samsung is making the display and processor for the new iPad matter to an Android user? It’s essentially a glimpse into the future of Samsung’s tablet line. If Samsung is the one manufacturing parts for the new iPad, you can bet similar parts are being developed for Samsung branded products that will undoubtedly run Android.
Rumors that Samsung is working on an ultra high-resolution tablet have been around since as early as last December. According to the latest whispers, Samsung’s newest Tab will feature an 11.6-inch display with a 2560 x 1600 WXQGA resolution, along with a 2GHz Exynos 5250 (2x ARM Cortex-A15 CPUs, quad-core ARM Mali-T604 GPU). Sound familiar?
The Galaxy Tab 11.6 will boast a similar pixel density to the new iPad, along with a faster processor and quad-core GPU. It will be the Android rival to the new iPad, with hardware that matches, if not exceeds, anything and everything stuffed inside Apple’s tablet.
If you’ve been drooling over the new iPad with 4G LTE, quad-core graphics and the high-res Retina display, just wait. Samsung isn’t just giving away their best stuff without keeping a little something for themselves.