updated 04:20 pm EST, Tue January 8, 2008
Dell 16-inch Notebook
A new concept notebook unveiled at CES by Dell reveals the likely direction for future displays for the company itself as well as other portable makers. Confirmed by the company's official blog, the unnamed PC is built around a 16-inch display that follows a 16:9 aspect ratio closer to many HDTVs than the tall, 16:10 displays found on most widescreen notebooks. The LCD also reaches a 1920x1080 resolution that exactly matches the output needed for 1080p movies, such as those offered on Blu-ray. Dell currently offers Blu-ray as an option for multiple Inspiron and XPS notebooks.
Notably, the display is not made by a familiar source for LCD panels; it instead is built by a "new player" in the business, according to a spokesperson on the CES show floor. This firm has not been named, though existing LCD maker Samsung has already announced its own 16:9 ratio LCDs for notebooks, albeit at a lower 1366x768 resolution. These are expected to enter mass production in the first half of 2008 and will not be tied to any one PC builder.
The prototype is closely based on the 15.4-inch XPS M1530 already on sale and uses the same GeForce 8600M for video. Nonetheless, the 16-inch version has not been formally linked to any production plans from Dell, suggesting that the example unit is potentially a future companion model to the M1530 or else a direct replacement for the existing system. [via NotebookReview]