For those unaware, earlier today Apple announced the latest iteration of its popular iPad line of tablets. Simply known as “the new iPad”, it features specs like a dual-core processor with a quad-core GPU, 5MP camera, LTE connectivity, and most importantly, a display with a resolution of 2048×1536. While come may call it overkill, it’s still impressive feat for a display that’s only 9.7-inches.
This could turn into a really great thing for Android, as it will most definitely start a spark in the competition for the best screen resolution. Manufacturers of Android tablets have learned that Android tablets sell best when cheaper than the iPad, and it has been one of their best selling points. The Kindle Fire, for example, was one of the best sellers this past holiday season. If Android manufacturers can sell a tablet with that same 2048-by-1536 resolution for less, it could turn into a real iPad killer.
There’s currently no doubt that the new iPad will set sales records, but many people still cannot justify plopping down $500 for a tablet. If ASUS or Samsung can make a tablet, with similar or better specs than the iPad, and price it for $100 less, consumers will take notice. Android may finally be able to start taking more market share, leading to people noticing Android more as a whole.
ASUS’ Transformer Prime has been out for a few months now, and has gotten the attention of many. Some people may have been waiting out to see what Apple’s decision was, and are now a little disappointed in the new iPad. It only features a dual-core processor with quad-core GPU. The Transformer Prime? Quad-core processor with 12 GPU cores. That’s a difference people will notice, and many would rather take more sheer power than a larger screen resolution.
All in all, this could actually lead to more Android sales. I bet Apple didn’t see that one coming. At first, Apple will sell a lot of tablets. That’s a given. But after a month or tow, anyone who is still undecided will probably look at other manufacturers offerings, and before you know it, there will be Android tablets sporting the same resolution. The next few months could be vital for the success of Android on tablets, and the competition may be helping. Who thinks Apple’s latest will help Android sales? Am I totally wrong and it will be the complete opposite? Let us know in the comments!