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A new tablet is launching soon in China that not only claims to match the resolution of the new iPad's Retina display, but it might be able to do it for under 200 euros (though no price or release date was announced). The Cube U9GT5 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is powered by a dual-core 1.6 GHz Cortex A9 processor with 1 GB of RAM. The 9.7-inch display clocks in at 2048 x 1536, or 264 pixels per inch, which is identical to Apple's latest tablet. Of course, there's a lot more than pixel density to take into account, but sure gives this tablet a solid selling point to lean on. 

It's hard to really tell how much better these displays are than what we're used to, but that didn't stop the manufacturer from posting a few comparison videos and images.

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While we may never see the Cube U9GT much further beyond China, it does go to show that an Android tablet can compete in displays with what Apple's offering. The real trick will be if this thing can pull it off while maintaining solid battery life and not being too thick. How high of a priority is display sharpness to you? Is there really any point until there's a lot of apps and content that's been optimized for that resolution, or will the availability of that hardware naturally push content creators to upscale?

Via: ChiniTech



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Android-powered Cube U9GT5 tablet boasts Retina-quality display


The world is heading upside on its head!!!
My HTC one X is barely 6months old....this time am waiting it out and waiting atleast 2 years before buying another phone.
On the other hand, this has to be said!
WHITE COLOUR, ROUND EDGES, NEW iPAD RESOLUTION. I see a trade injunction not so far off

Apples not going to waste it's time suing a small time oversees manufacturer like this. They save their lawsuits for BIG competetors. Suing someone costs A LOT of money; it has to be "worth it".

Edit: On the other hand, threatening someone is cheap and easy. ;)

Screen resolution and processor are the most important specs for me to consider. While we may never see this product, I hope it's a sign of things to come.

2048x1536 is largely irrelevant in a time when scaled phone apps outnumber tablet apps 10 to 1. Not to mention that 4:3 is (thankfully) less common with Android devices.

I wanted a tablet for web browsing and reading. 4:3 is the ideal aspect ratio for web browsing and reading. The high resolution helps with reading and web pages. It means less pinching and zooming because you can just read the small text rather than zooming it to make the text clear. 4:3 (1.33) is very close the same aspect ratio of a piece of paper (1.29). A 16:10 screen is better for movie watching but I don't plan to do much movie watching, if any. I had to buy an iPad because I got tired of waiting for a decent 4:3 Android tablet. I'm really hoping Android manufacturers start providing 4:3 tablet options soon so my next tablet can run Android.

To each his own. I personally find 16:10 to be the best (and least limiting) aspect ratio. When I need more real estate for browsing I switch to landscape, and I'm not stuck with letterbox or pillarbox for films. For books I use a Kindle.

Its using the iPad retina or very nearly. Remember the Retina display is NOT an Apple invention, it was an Apple commission. Sharp own the vast majority of the patents, enough to make the basic panel without Apples say so or permission anyway, Samsung build it. The Manufacturer and inventor is free to sell it on after an exclusivity period. Most of the 9.7inch 1024x768 Chinese Android pads out there(and there are LOADS) are using the old iPad screen, IPS and all. This was going to happen sooner or later.

Since there's no such thing as "retina quality" or a "retina display" aside from some Apple gobbledigook, that headline tells me nothing about the display other than someone has chosen to use nonsense marketing speak instead of giving real specs based off standards....

I think people are assuming higher pixel density/resolution is going to make a better image.. In reality most devices just need better color gamut. Pixel density is going to be what mega pixels were to digital cameras, when sensor noise was actually a more important factor.. Sure this device might have the same resolution, but is going to have a wide color gamut? If not, it's going to look nasty next to an IPS panel.