Asus throws down display gauntlet against Apple, Samsung

Asus, one of the bigger names in enthusiast PC components, is betting heavily in the tablet business. Ahead of the upcoming Mobile World Congress, the company is teasing users to visit its stand by showing off a video where it claims “twice the detail” tablets.

We’d advise using your math skills to calculate what “twice the detail” really means. Some eager beavers think that might mean it is challenging the iPad 3’s alleged 2048×1536 resolution, but twice the detail – in megapixels – means full HD resolution: 1920×1080 (or 1920×1200 if rumours are to be believed). If this pans out, this will be a 224 PPI density screen, still a little shy of Apple’s Retina displays.

A full-HD Asus Transformer tablet with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor – a likely nod at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 – will go a long way to improve Asus’ standing in the tablet market, but it will be also facing fierce competition from display guru, Samsung, which is rumoured to soon introduce an 11.6-inch 2560×1600 tablet powered by its new Exynos 4412 quad-core SoC.

While the Transformer series of tablets made great inroads in the market for Asus, we’re quite sure it will need to come up with more than this to convert the faithful Apple fans who are holding their breaths until 7 March.

You can catch the video here.