Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks to Get “Retina Display” like Screens in 2012?

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13 Oct, 2011 6:41 am

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Like the marketing term or not, Apple’s ~330 PPI “Retina Display” is still top of the heap among mobile device screens. So far no other manufacturers have been able to produce displays with such high PPI, but the current crop of qHD screens on many Android devices are certainly getting there.

According to this slide from a presentation during Intel’s Developer Forum 2011 event, 13.3″ and 15.6″ Ultrabooks will have to have a resolution of at least 2560 x 1440 to reach the point where our eyes cannot distinguish individual pixels from a normal laptop viewing distance. Intel has said that Ivy Bridge processors will enable Ultrabooks to drive such high resolution screens. The Ivy Bridge line of processors should be available around March 2012.

Current Ultrabook models normally have a 1366 x 768 resolution. The 13″ MacBook Air has a 1440 x 900 resolution. And Asus’ Zenbook UX31 (13.3″) has an amazing 1600 x 900 resolution. So if you know what those screens look like, you can imagine a 2560 x 1440 would have insanely tiny text without zooming in, though HD video playback would look phenomenal.

It’s clear that display technology is moving towards a “Retina Display”-like resolution and beyond. In HDTV world, so-called 4K screen resolution (where the horizontal screen size is 4000 pixels across) is one of the next trends that the industry is moving toward, so this high-PPI movement for Ultrabooks or any other computing devices is inevitable. I personally enjoy the crisp, print-like appearance of text on the iPhone 4′s display and would love to have the same type of resolution on tablet devices, especially ones used for reading e-books. A 7-inch tablet with a PPI around 330 would be very nice, indeed. It’ll be interesting to watch how the computer industry figures out how to implement high-PPI screens without making our eyes cry out in pain at ridiculously small text.

Via Dvice


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