Some HTML code on the Acer support page is the most recent culprit in leaking information about upcoming tablets. The code refers to an Acer Iconia Tab A700 tablet that runs Android, uses the Tegra 3 chipset, and has a 1920 x 1200 pixel (WUXGA) display. Too put that in perspective, your average Android smartphone these days has a 480 x 800 display, most Honeycomb tablets have ~2.5 times that resolution at 1280 x 800, and this one clocks in at almost 2.5 times normal Honeycomb resolutions. It’s essentially 1080p with more vertical pixels, and the resolution is most commonly seen in higher end computer monitors.
Personally, I’m not thrilled about this. Honeycomb tablets have had issues with performance due to the extra resolution of the screens compared to smartphones, a problem that we are finally moving away from with faster chips. Increase the screen resolution and we’re right back where we started. It’s also important to consider how many pixels you actually need on a tablet. Even if this is larger than 10 inches, there’s a point where extra pixels start having no effect even for things like video and remote controlling a PC with an OS that can take full advantage of it. I’d much rather see that extra power put into optimizing what’s already there, and have a smooth experience at a lower resolution. That’s what Apple has done with the iPad so far, that’s what I hope Apple will continue to do with the iPad (despite pressure to quadruple its resolution), and it’s what I really would like Android to do as well. Unfortunately, pixels have been ways of selling otherwise underwhelming products for years, both with TVs, PC monitors, laptops, cellphones, and last but not least cameras.
Nothing more is known about this mysterious A700 though but Acer will hopefully make it official soon now that the cat is out of the bag.[Notebook Italia via Liliputing]