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Samsung prototype Series 9 laptop has WQHD 'Retina' display

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]



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  1. prl99

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    I presume Microsoft will immediately upgrade Windows Office to handle this increased resolution while continuing to wait to upgrade the Mac version for as long as they can.

  1. hayesk

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    Originally Posted by prl99View Post

    I presume Microsoft will immediately upgrade Windows Office to handle this increased resolution while continuing to wait to upgrade the Mac version for as long as they can.



    There's a hack to allow MS Word to display high res text on a Retina MBP. It doesn't help the rest of the UI but at least the text looks good.

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