We've heard many a whisper about upcoming MacBooks with high-density displays, and if the rumor mill is to be believed, those machines may come out very shortly. Even if Apple doesn't come through, though, notebooks and desktops with high-DPI panels are on the way. Lilliputing has posted a couple of Intel slides that forecast such products for 2013.
Here's the full list of resolutions Intel is teasing, as transcribed by Liliputing. It's looking like 3840x2160 may become the next 1080p, appearing on everything from 13" notebooks to 24" and larger all-in-ones:
- Phones and media players with 5 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel displays (this is already happening)
- Tablets with 10 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel displays
- Ultrabooks with 11 inch, 1560 x 1440 pixel displays
- Ultrabooks with 13 inch, 2800 x 1800 pixel displays
- Laptops with 15 inch, 3840 x 2160 pixel displays
- All-in-one desktops with 3840 x 2160 pixel displays
Microsoft revealed last month that Windows 8 will support scaling across high-DPI tablets. The company didn't mention high-DPI notebooks or desktops, but if the underlying scaling technology exists, supporting other products may very well be possible. Let's hope so, at least.
In any case, after playing with the new iPad, I can't help but be excited about the prospect of high-DPI panels becoming mainstream. The higher pixel density makes everything from photography to typography sharper and more lifelike. It's really a sight to behold. I won't die a happy man until Amazon releases a Kindle with a denser e-ink display and prettier fonts, though.
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