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webOS device tracked online with iPhone 4-level display

updated 05:40 pm EDT, Fri August 20, 2010

Palm-based Roadrunner HD may pack 960x640 display

HP's future Roadrunner smartphone could be the first device outside of Apple with a display as sharp as the iPhone 4's if developer logs posted overnight are indicators. A webOS game from Killin' It LLC, Cloud Hopper, recorded a "Roadrunner HD" device running a 960x640 resolution, as sharp as Apple's Retina Display, along with webOS 2.0. As the app is closed source, unlike in previous logs, it would be difficult if not impossible to fake the ID.

While a chance remains that the information isn't accurate, the details point to the former Palm team planning a much more significant update than it has in the past and having one of the highest resolution displays in the industry. The team was initially rumored to have gone silent following the mild Pre Plus and Pixi Plus updates, but HP has said it still plans webOS smartphones and would immediately leapfrog most rivals on a technical level with the display alone.

Little is currently known about webOS 2.0, but the software has already had modern features such as multitasking, social networking integration and cloud syncing. [via PreCentral]

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  1. Ryszard

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    Joined: Apr 2010


    Learn your tech

    Knowing that something has 960x640 resolution, all by itself, does not tell you anything. You also need to know the physical size of the display. It's the pixel density that makes for a sharp display, such as the iPhone's Retina Display.

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008


    I call BS on this...

    There is no way that HP would be able to get large production quantities of that display. Apple is already pushing LG and Samsung to their limits just to keep up with current demand. Apple will have top priority for the next six months or so for Retina Display-class components. It will probably continue that way until both of those companies start to expand production with new plants.

  1. Fast iBook

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    Joined: Mar 2003


    Oh man...

    Endless rumors about apple competitors.

    Is apple "out of the woods" yet?

    - A

  1. gitcypher

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    Re: BS

    That may not be entirely accurate. Unlike Apple, HP has the infrastructure to manufacture their own hardware, and HP Labs (whatever they're called) have been working on advanced display technology for some time. I wouldn't be suprised if they just made their own screen.

  1. testudo

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    Re: BS

    Yes, it must be BS, because (a) only two companies are capable of making such screens, (b) no other company can get any inventory, because it isn't like the manufacturers would be happy to sell for higher prices to someone else, (c) HP is on the verge of releasing this device tomorrow, and, as such, can't have these screens!

    Oh, wait, all the article states is there is some device that has such a screen resolution. Wow, yeah, it must be BS!

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001



    This is why Apple has told certain ad companies why they can't collect certain information. For if they did, they'd be able to announce to the world that there's some mythical device out there and completely ruin Apple's surprise. Luckily for Apple they have this all locked down now.

    Oh, wait, you mean this was an app developer who released this information? You mean there's actually other ways for these companies to gather this information that has nothing to do with advertising? No, that can't be. Otherwise it would just imply that Apple made the TOS for advertisers just to give itself an advantage over competitors. Nah, that would never happen. Not at apple. It was all about keeping information away from phone competitors.

  1. WaltFrench

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    Joined: Jun 2003


    Ho hum.

    From Electronista, 8/12: "RoadRunner is probably a codename which could point to anything from a sequel to the Pre smartphone or a tablet."

    So ipohnerulez, nothing to say this isn't a rather humdrum 7" Archos-type device. Or a Magic Slate.

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