Windows 8 Tablets could have iPad-Like Retina Display

The new iPad certainly rang some bells in the industry with it’s stunning high resolution Retina display. Apple’s iPad sports a stunning 2048 x 1536 resolution and a pixel density of 246ppi. However, on the Windows 8 blog Microsoft has plans to support 11.6 inch tablets with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and a pixel density of 253dpi. As you can see below the line up for Windows 8 tablets is quite interesting.

Furthermore, Microsoft also confirmed in their blog that the lowest planned DPI screen on a tablet will be 135dpi, which you can see in the chart (“slate” aka tablet devices are in orange).

Many Windows 8 tablet PCs will have pixel densities of at least 135 DPI – much higher than many of us are used to. Of course we’ve seen the introduction of HD tablets with Full HD 1920×1080 resolution on an 11.6” screen, with a pixel density of 190 DPI or quad-XGA tablets with 2560×1440 on the same 11.6” screen; that’s a pixel density of 253 DPI. Pixel densities can increase even more on lesser aspect ratios and smaller screens as we see in the new iPad. As the pixel density increases, the physical size of objects on screen gets smaller. If Windows wasn’t built to accommodate different pixel densities, objects on screen would be too small to easily tap or read on these tablets.

Currently Windows 8 tablets are rumored to be released sometime in Q4 of this year and it looks like they will bring quite a bit to the table.