New HP Pavilion notebook has 16:9 display

— 1:28 PM on September 23, 2008

Do you miss the days of cramped 15" desktop LCDs with only 768 pixels of vertical space? Now, you can relive those with a full-sized notebook. Engadget says HP has introduced the Pavilion G60-120US, an AMD Turion-powered laptop with a 15.6" display that has a resolution of 1366x768.

If you find those figures unusual, it's because the display has a 16:9 aspect ratio—shorter vertically than the more common 16:10 ratio, which typically yields 1280x800 or 1440x900 resolutions on 15.4" laptop panels. The slightly wider form factor has apparently given HP enough room to slot in a numeric keypad next to the keyboard, making the G60-120US look a bit like one of those fancy workstation laptops.

This is no high-end system, though: Engadget quotes a $629.99 price tag, and it says the machine comes with a 2GHz Turion X2 processor, Nvidia GeForce 8200M integrated graphics, 3GB of RAM, and a 250GB hard drive. HP has tossed in extras like a webcam, ExpressCard slot, HDMI output, and Altec Lansing speakers, as well. According to the official spec sheet, the system weighs a respectable 6.06 lbs (2.75 kg) and is about 1.4-1.6" (3.6-4 cm) thick.

As we reported in July, market research firm DisplaySearch expects 16:9 panels to overtake their 16:10 brethren. The shorter aspect ratio supposedly lets manufacturers produce more panels per substrate, so the panel industry itself may encourage the transition.

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