Feeds

Samsung staffer says 7.85in 'iPad Mini' in the works

Korean firm's better-than-IPS LCD tech to be used

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Apple is indeed making a 7.85in 'iPad Mini' an executive from Samsung - of all companies - has claimed.

The unnamed official was commenting on component supply contracts worth almost $10bn signed by Apple and Samsung, the Korea Times reports.

The contracts cover Flash storage chips, computer memory, LTE 4G communications silicon and - here's the thing - display technology.

This despite the two companies' ongoing legal spat over tablet and smartphone intellectual property.

Apple apparently spent $7.8bn on Samsung displays, mobile CPUs, Flash chips and DRAMs in 2011.

"The [2012] contract is expected to rise to $11bn by the end of this year as Apple is planning to release a smaller iPad, probably with a 7.85in screen, and to sell more of its MacBook Air PCs using Samsung’s faster solid-state drive storage," the mole said.

But caution is necessary - you'll note the use in the direct quote above of the word 'probably'. That suggests the Samsung staffer is as likely to be parroting widely published rumours of Apple's reduced-stature tablet as to have inside information that the Mac maker really is working on such a device.

The gadget will use "new PLS-based LCD technology" for its screen, the insider added. PLS stands for Plane to Line Switching, a system devised by Samsung claimed by the company to be ten per cent brighter than regular In Plane Switching (IPS) LCDs of the type used in many of today's tablets and smartphones. PLS offers even better viewing angles too, Samsung says.

Samsung already builds "Super PLS" panels into some of its monitors. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.