This is just a guess, but....
Could be that, since those resolutions are in the ballpark of "twice" what you would see in most laptops (2x720p, 2x900p), the high-DPI setting the screens use just makes it a much sharper equivalent of the lower resolution in terms of actual screen real estate.
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