updated 06:12 am EDT, Mon September 3, 2012
Prototype notebook screen equals Retina pixel density
Samsung put a prototype Series 9 notebook on show at IFA 2012, complete with a high-resolution WQHD display and running Windows 8. The 13-inch notebook's display was seen to have a resolution of 2560x1440, far exceeding others in the same product range with 1600x1200 screens, despite being diminutive in size.
The increased resolution of the Series 9 prototype gets close to, if not exceeding, that of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display at 2,880x1,800. Taking into account the smaller 13-inch screen, the notebook seems to equal the pixel density of Apple's notebook, suggesting that the Retina display marketing is forcing other manufacturers to put similar screens into their own products.
Although there is no official word on if or when it will be put into production, it is likely to be sooner rather than later. While current 13.3-inch Series 9 notebooks start from $1,300, a WQHD version would probably add a premium of $200 to $300 on top for the same specifications. [via Engadget]