We’ve long complained about the lack of high-density displays in modern laptops. Just about everything from 11.6″ ultraportables to 15″ desktop replacements seems to be stuck with a display resolution of 1366×768. According to VR-Zone, help is on the way. The site says 13.3″ panels with 2560×1440 pixels will start appearing in ulrabooks early next year.
We heard during the Intel Developer Forum that the 10″, 2048×1536 display rumored to grace the next-gen iPad is indeed available but very expensive. With a similar pixel density, the purported 2560×1400 13.3-incher probably won’t be cheap, either. If it does appear in ultrabooks, expect the panel to be confined to premium models that live above the $1,000 mark.
Expect a hit on battery life, too. Slides shown at IDF suggest that the panel electronics and backlights needed to drive higher-resolution displays will suck more wattage than existing designs. At least they’ll be thin; VR-Zone says the screen destined for ultrabooks is just 3 mm thick.
I expect folks will have to mess around with font sizes to make a 2560×1440 resolution usable on a 13.3″ screen, but photo editing should be a joy. There’s no mention of whether the display uses IPS, TN, or another panel technology, though. Fingers crossed.