Analyst: Higher resolution iPad mini, Nexus 7 coming this year

Apple is expected to release a Retina iPad mini in the second half of 2013, according to Paul Semenza, an analyst at DisplaySearch. Semenza said the Retina version of the mini could be available third or fourth quarter 2013 and include a 324ppi, 2048x1536 pixel display.

Unsurprisingly, that means the same amount of pixels will be present as the current generation iPad, making it easier for developers. The current iPad mini has a resolution of 1024x768, the same as the iPad 2. 

Speaking to CNET, Semenza was confident that Apple will introduce the new iPad later this year. "We're seeing potential in the third quarter of panel production for a higher-resolution iPad mini," he said. "When would the Mini be available? Could be third quarter or fourth quarter."

Semenza said that Apple opting for a 2048x1536 pixel display is a "typical step up" and is the same jump seen on the iPad 2 to 3. LG Displays is the favourite to produce the new high-density panels, but the technical effort will be large as the iPad mini will need to retain its slight 7.2mm frame. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has already laid out his roadmap for Apple products in 2013, with a new Retina iPad mini coming in Q3.

iMore has a separate report that speculates that the Retina iPad mini could be available as soon as April, contradicting Semenza. iMore has a good track record when it comes to predicting Apple launch events, having got the iPhone 5's date months before Apple officially announced it.

According to Semenza, the Nexus 7 could also need a large pixel bump, from 1280x800 to an "HD+" resolution of 1920 x 1200, giving a pixel density of 323ppi, coming in a just one pixel lower per inch than the rumoured Retina iPad mini. This ultra-high resolution Nexus 7 would come out in Q2 2013, ahead of Apple's new iPad mini, he said.

Source: CNET, iMore

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The Laughing Man said,
Not exactly bringing anything new to the table anymore Apple...

Point me to the other 7-inch tablets with super high-res screens (over 300ppi)...

theyarecomingforyou said,
Based on current sales, probably never.

Well thats disappointing, I will consider a Windows 8 one then with a quad-core atom CPU when they land, only if its £400 or less though.

thealexweb said,
When can be expect to see the Surface RT 2?

This year, if not, never. If I were you, I'd be looking at other manufactures (or just getting the Pro).

maxslaterrobins said,

This year, if not, never. If I were you, I'd be looking at other manufactures (or just getting the Pro).

The Pro isn't realistically priced, I'm not even prepared to consider it.

Ooooooo....more analyst dribble. Maybe tomorrow they will predict that a new iPhone will be sold at some point this year. How about a prediction that LG/Sony/Samsung will introduce new HDTV at some point this year.

I look forward to a new Nexus 7 with bigger screen at a higher resolution. And hopefully more storage space, SD card slot, and HDMI out, and two speakers on the front.

I agree, its just insanely ridiculous. We all have Apple to thank for this stupid logic that they have, as their fanboys will believe anything Apple pumps.

I guarantee you, you will start seeing posts from people claiming how much sharper their screen is... because Apple tells them it is.

jd100 said,
I agree, its just insanely ridiculous. We all have Apple to thank for this stupid logic that they have, as their fanboys will believe anything Apple pumps.

I guarantee you, you will start seeing posts from people claiming how much sharper their screen is... because Apple tells them it is.

If it doesn't contribute to increasing the cost of the device why the hell not have it?

thealexweb said,

If it doesn't contribute to increasing the cost of the device why the hell not have it?

Because it does contribute to the cost of the device, and because we're talking about pixel densities that exceed the capacity of the human eye to detect a difference at close range.

Remember 'retina display'? The pixel density chosen specifically for this purpose? There is no reason to exceed it. At some point you're fighting over the invisible, while ignoring much needed improvements to the visible.

If the iPad Mini had a 2048 x 1535 resolution screen, it'd have a pixel density of 324ppi. Apple qualifies "Retina" as different things on each device, as you typically hold different devices (iPhone, iPad, Retina MacBook Pro) at different distances from your face.

Having a high-res screen would not increase the price (the price of the iPad didn't increase between the 2 and 3), so I don't see what everyone's problem is with it.

maxslaterrobins said,
If the iPad Mini had a 2048 x 1535 resolution screen, it'd have a pixel density of 324ppi. Apple qualifies "Retina" as different things on each device, as you typically hold different devices (iPhone, iPad, Retina MacBook Pro) at different distances from your face.

Having a high-res screen would not increase the price (the price of the iPad didn't increase between the 2 and 3), so I don't see what everyone's problem is with it.


Price didn't increase because Apple's margins are insane. You really don't think high res screens don't add to material cost?

Also "2048x1536" on a 7 inch tablet? Are you kidding me?

What about 1920x1080 on some 2013 phones with 4,7 x 5" ???
Even my 1 year old phone has a better dpi than the iPad mini, and it has only 4.2" but 1280x720 resolution...