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Intel: super-dense notebook, desktop displays common by 2013

updated 09:05 am EDT, Thu April 12, 2012

Intel braces for very high resolution computers

Intel's Developer Forum in Beijing has seen the company make predictions as to the long-term future of computer displays. A presentation caught by Liliputing saw "Rich Displays" with very high resolutions likely becoming mainstream from 2013 onwards. These wouldn't just exist in smartphones or tablets, Intel said, but would extend even from the smallest ultrabooks through to at least smaller all-in-one desktops.

These would include 11-inch ultrabooks at 2560x1440 through to 21-inch desktops with 3840x2160 screens. Intel also expected "halo" 15-inch notebooks with the same 3840x2160 output, which would create a Retina Display-like effect. The pixels may still be harder to detect on any of these traditional computers as the viewing distances, between 16 inches to 30 inches, didn't require as much density as on a phone or tablet.

The estimate came as part of an overall advice guide to display builders and the PC designers they were involved with. Intel also wanted high color ranges and wide viewing angles, better power efficiency, and thinner overall screens. Ultrabooks on Windows 8 would often want touchscreens, the chip maker added.

Rumors have swirled that Apple may be the first to have a very dense display on a traditional computer. Along with incorporating HiDPI support in OS X Lion and Mountain Lion, claims have surfaced of a 2880x1800 MacBook Pro this year that would have the same interface proportions but with a crisper output that shows far more detail. Whether or not this would be feasible this year, or would spread to other models, isn't clear.

Similar to the display in the new iPad, numerous technical and cost factors may stall such high-resolution panels. The often fourfold density increase usually demands stronger backlighting, which can cut into battery life and lead to a thicker design. Video hardware often needs to be faster to maintain responsiveness. Many such panels often cost much more than their current counterparts and risk inflating prices, although a company with a high-end focus, such as Apple or Sony, may have the option of absorbing the cost into existing prices.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001

    +4

    once again

    Apple leads, everyone else follows

  1. malax

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    +3

    duh

    Are the OSes ready for this though?

  1. samirsshah

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    -1

    fidelity of paper

    iPhone and iPad have reached the fidelity of paper but computer screens have not... but it will happen...

  1. testudo

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    -3

    re: once again

    Too bad Apple's lead on the desktop to ultra-dense displays doesn't help when their OS can't scale to it, so everything is all small and hard to read (as is Windows).

    And I didn't realize no one was looking at high-density displays before Apple. Gee, who knew! Oh, wait, they were. Apple just happened to be the first product with a large market to use them.

  1. testudo

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    -3

    re: once again

    Yeah, and we see how well miniDisplayPort has just taken off! And Firewire!

    And it's a good thing I got this Thunderbolt port on my Mac. When I think of all the stuff I could plug into it to expand my computer, it makes me laugh at those fools who want to use an ExpressCard slot or include USB 3. Sure, there's actually nothing to plug into the port. But the potential is just amazing! Just last week a Lacie released an Thunderbolt to eSATA hub. We laugh at all those PC makers with eSATA on board! For just a measly $200, we get TWO ports! Ha!

    Who knows, maybe in two or three years, the market might finally start taking off. We might have dongles for all sorts of things! Like networking, USB, firewire!

  1. DaJoNel

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    +1

    Your Mac?

    I highly doubt you own one of those. You seem like the type to make stuff up to further your point.

    In response to the article, yes APPLE will have high resolution laptops and desktops by 2013.

  1. DaJoNel

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    And

    OS X Lion does scale up most things to high resolutions already. On "your" Mac, try scaling the cursor up to its maximum size. No more pixellation. In Mountain Lion, everything will scale up.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Your Mac?

    I highly doubt you own one of those. You seem like the type to make stuff up to further your point.

    You're right. I own, well, let's see, five that are currently working in some capacity or something. Just in the home, mind you. Add in the ones in the closet (iBook, iMac G3, Beige G3, PowerMac 7100, IIsi, SE/30, 128K), and, yep, you're right, I don't own one of those.

    Being that I actually want/need Rosetta, Lion is only on one of those working Macs. Leopard is on two of them. Leopard is on the other two (PPC G5 that can't take SL, and a 3 year old mini, with which Snow Leopard broke XMBC's usability, so Leopard downgrade it went).

  1. testudo

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    Re: And

    OS X Lion does scale up most things to high resolutions already. On "your" Mac, try scaling the cursor up to its maximum size. No more pixellation. In Mountain Lion, everything will scale up.

    Gee, only took them, what, 5 years, since they started touting resolution independence?

    Too bad, of course, that Lion breaks as much as it improves. If they'd stop s******* around with the OS and just do the under-the-hood stuff, life would be good. But nope, not Apple. Gotta keep s******* things up (like AutoSave/Versions, s**** up icons/displays, make applications less useful and usable than previous versions) to make it look like you're doing something.

  1. facebook_Liron

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    No

    you mean samsung leads

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