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Japan Display Announce 10.1-inch 4K Panel Perfect for Tablets

April 23, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Displays are becoming more and more dense, but so far things have been a little one-sided. While smartphone displays have ran away with pixel density, with some displays reaching the current holy grail of 2560 x 1440, tablets haven’t been able to hit that same 500 ppi status. The gulf between smartphone and tablet is about to close however, as Japan Display has finally created a 4K tablet display. Not only is it 4K, but it’s your average 10.1-inch size, meaning that you don’t need to purchase a larger tablet just to get more pixels. The real kicker however, is that Japan Display is saying that there will be no extra battery drain despite the added pixels.

The company had previously announced a 12.2-inch display with that dizzying resolution of 3840 x 2160, but today the company is announcing a smaller version at 10.1-inches. The display is an LCD panel and is right now in the prototype stages, and hits 438 ppi, which is a big improvement from the 2560 x 1600, 299 ppi displays that adorn high-end tablets today. Japan Display is stating that this new panel doesn’t require any more power than current technology being used in tablets like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Pro and others. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if these latest displays were somehow more efficient than older generations of displays. With battery drain seemingly taken care of, it looks like processing power will be the main concern.

Not since Samsung and Google launched the Nexus 10 way back in 2012 have we seen a significant jump forward in display density in tablets. 4K is certainly going to be the next big thing in Television and having displays on tablets that can match the same sort of quality should work wonders for content creation and distribution. While there’s no word yet on just who will be using these new displays, we have a feeling they’re going to be in pretty high demand once they start rolling off the production line. With 4K TVs still fetching high prices, will we have to pay the same sort of premium for just as dense tablets? Let us know what you think in the comments below.