According to DisplaySearch analysts Paul Semenza cited by Cnet, a couple of budget-friendly tablets with high-resolution screens are going to be launched in the coming months. The analyst talks about a revamped iPad Mini that will come with Retina display, but also about the next generation Nexus 7, which is said to be released earlier than Apple's product.
Semenza suggests that Google will considerably improve the display of its 7-incher and the Nexus 7 2 will feature an HD+ resolution of 1920 x 1200. This means that the pixel density will be much higher than the one of the current Nexus 7 of 216ppi, the second-gen of the tablet having 323ppi.
The production of the new Nexus 7 displays is expected to begin sometime in Q2 of 2013, which is a lot more earlier than the production of the iPad Mini's Retina display. With this in mind, there is absolutely no doubt about the fact that the Nexus 7 2 will be released earlier than the iPad Mini.
Apple is supposed to unveil the new iPad Mini in the second half of the year. The device is expected to come with a display that has a resolution of 2048 x 1536. The same resolution is ported by the display of the iPad 3 and the iPad 4, but the screen of the iPad Mini will be smaller, of course. The pixel density will increase too, from 163ppi on the current iPad Mini to 324ppi on the next generation tablet.
Semenza even mentions some of the manufacturers that could provide the Retina displays for Apple's iPad Mini, and he lists Japan Display, LG Display, Sharp, and AUO. On the other hand he didn't specified anything when asked about the Nexus 7 s display makers.
Unfortunately we don't have exact release dates for the iPad Mini and the new Nexus 7, and it will probably take a while until the two companies will offer us details about the matter.
In the meantime, we all know that analysts aren't always accurate with their predictions, and we are waiting for other news to confirm the story. Anyway, if Semenza is right about this, I don't know how the two companies could afford to offer the Nexus 7 2 and the next-gen iPad Mini at the same prices as the current versions of the tablets.
So, what are your thoughts? Would you like the tablets to have a higher resolution, even though they will probably cost more?