ux 2 Higher resolution Ultrabook displays expected next year

Talk about a backwards world, back in the days of 4:3 screens there was rarely a problem to get a higher resolution upgrade option on notebooks, but in the age of 16:9 widescreen displays, anything below 15.6-inches is stuck at 1366×768 with a few exceptions. Now it looks like the Ultrabooks will be pushing up resolutions of smaller screens, but the reasoning behind it doesn't really make sense.

Talk about a backwards world, back in the days of 4:3 screens there was rarely a problem to get a higher resolution upgrade option on notebooks, but in the age of 16:9 widescreen displays, anything below 15.6-inches is stuck at 1366×768 with a few exceptions. Now it looks like the Ultrabooks will be pushing up resolutions of smaller screens, but the reasoning behind it doesn't really make sense.

Digitimes is reporting that Acer and Asus are working with Taiwanese panel makers AU Optronics and Chimei Innolux to have them create 1920×1080 screens for next year's Ultrabooks. This in itself isn't a bad thing, as modern operating systems offers good enough font scaling for this to be a non-issue for those concerned that everything on the screens will be unreadable at this resolution. In fact, Asus' 13.3-nch Zenbook UX31 already took a step in the right direction with a 1600×900 resolution panel.

However, the argument for higher resolution screens is not because users wants or need it, but rather because Apple is rumoured to be moving its next gen iPad to a 2048×1536 screen. That is still an unconfirmed rumour though and it would be funny if Apple settles for something less. That said, if this can motivate notebook makers to offer higher resolution screens, then we'll have to send a thank you card to Apple, as it's time that the industry moves forward when it comes to screen resolution, as more pixels is generally a good thing and it doesn't have to automatically mean that things are harder to read, something Apple's iPhone should already have proven alongside with several other high-resolution smartphones. That said, it looks like we’ll have to wait for those retina quality panels a while longer still…

Source: Digitimes