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Intel: Retina displays will become commonplace by 2013

One of the biggest trends out there in the mobile industry at the moment is displays with crazy resolutions; often outclassing what me and you are using at home or in the office. A couple of months ago we saw the new iPad with a 9.7 inch display with a staggering 2048 by 1536 pixel resolution, while more recently it was the HTC One X with a 720p HD display on just a 4.7 inch display. Now Intel is expecting the same trend to branch across to devices with larger and more productive-inducing displays within the next couple of years.

There are some obvious benefits to retina-class displays

At the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing recently Intel told us to start expecting to see retina-esque displays in laptops and desktops by 2013. This would include a 2560 x 1440 resolution on an 11 inch ultrabook (resulting in a PPI count of 267,) and 21 inch desktop displays weighing in at 3840 by 2160 pixels (a PPI count of 210,) a resolution also known as Quad Full High Definition (QFHD). While this doesn’t quite match what we are currently seeing in smartphones and tablets, you do have to factor in you are typically twice as far away from a desktop screen than your smartphone’s display.

These display examples come from an advice guide given to display and associated PC manufacturers from Intel. Intel also wants to see overall higher quality displays with better viewing angles and high colour ranges, something that is all to often lacking on the majority of laptops.

Kitguru says: As much as this amazes us now, I can’t wait to see what kind of price premium we will have to pay for a 21 inch QFHD display.

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