LCD monitor vendors often boast that their wide-screen displays are ideal for viewing movies on PCs, but those displays have 16:10 aspect ratios, making them taller than their 16:9 TV counterparts. Samsung looks set to rectify that situation with the introduction of two notebook LCD panels that feature 16:9 aspect ratios.
Samsung's oddball panels have sizes of 16" and 18.4", and they both sport 8ms response times and 800:1 contrast ratios. The 16" panel has a resolution of 1366 x 768 and is rated for 220cd/m² luminosity, while its 18.4" sibling has a full 1080p resolution (1920x1080) and 300cd/m² luminosity. According to Samsung, both panels are capable of delivering the same color richness as an LCD TV with respective color saturation ratings of 60% and 90%. (The company quotes saturation ratings of 40-50% as commonplace for regular notebook displays.)
Along with the two 16:9 panels, Samsung has launched a third panel with a standard 16:10 aspect ratio. This third panel has a 15.4" display size with a 1440x900 resolution, which is nothing out of the ordinary. However, what sets this panel apart is its active LED backlighting, which gives it a contrast ratio of "at least 10,000:1." Active LED backlighting works by selectively illuminating certain portions of the screen, achieving darker blacks than conventional backlights and improved contrast ratios.
The folks over at AkihabaraNews have pictures of the LED-backlit 15.4" panel in action here.