Samsung and Sharp Introduce New Ultra-High-Resolution Notebook Displays

While Apple's 15" MacBook Pro was the first consumer notebook to gain a Retina-level display nearly a year ago, it is no longer the only such offering, as Google's Chromebook Pixel with its 12.85" 2560x1700 display and Toshiba's Kirabook with a 2560x1440 220 PPI display have joined the market in recent months.

Seeking to raise the ante on Retina displays, Samsung and Sharp have both introduced new high-resolution displays in the past week, targeting notebooks and ultrabooks with the latest technology. The new displays from both companies sport 16:9 ratios, making them unfit for Apple's line of notebooks, which all use 16:10 ratio displays, but they should make Retina displays a mainstream feature in the relatively near future.

Sharp last week announced new 11.6", 14", and 15.6" displays with pixel densities of 235-262 PPI, joining the company's existing 13.3" display at 221 PPI. Samsung's announcement today included a new 13.3" display with a 3200x1800 LCD panel at an even higher 276 PPI.

For comparison, Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display has a 2560x1600 13.3" display at 227 PPI.

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While high resolution is the most obvious benefit of these new displays for consumers, some of the screens bring other benefits as well. Samsung says its new 13.3" display offers 30% power savings over existing displays, something that would be important for a potential MacBook Air with Retina display. That machine is constrained by needs for a super-thin display and battery. And even for Apple's existing Retina MacBook Pro, advances being brought about by Samsung and Sharp are likely to make their way into Apple's notebook displays in the future.

Sharp advertises similar energy-saving benefits from its new IGZO displays:

IGZO technology enables smaller thin-film transistors and increased light transmittance. As a result, fine text can be rendered crisply and clearly, and images can be displayed with impressive realism. For example, the 14-inch panel boasts a pixel density of 262 ppi, which represents 1.67 times the number of pixels of full high definition. Increased light transmittance also means lower rates of energy consumption, with IGZO technology reducing the amount of power required to drive liquid crystals during the display of still images. These factors lead to greater energy efficiency and longer battery life on notebook PCs.

Apple has been rumored to be looking at Retina displays for desktop applications as well, but a future Retina iMac would face a different set of issues, including the cost of the panel itself at such large sizes, as well as the immense graphics and connectivity needs to drive such a display.

Top Rated Comments

Renzatic Avatar
110 months ago
Just another "I can do it too" gimmick.

LG and Samsung made the high DPI Retina screens for Apple at their request. How can you accuse them of copying their own technology?
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Andy-V Avatar
110 months ago
Just another "I can do it too" gimmick.

Is this just not simple technology progression?
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pgiguere1 Avatar
110 months ago
What's trolling? You? Accept the truths. Apple is first when it comes to pushing for new technology such as pointless retina laptop screens. But obviously they are outgunned in the same department by others and apple refuses to improve anymore.

It's so obvious, look at the iphone 5. It's not even 1080p. Sure it don't matter for a puny 4" screen size but other's are already at 1080p.

Look at the thunderbolt ports. WORSE than the firewire 800 ports because at least I can afford a few of the FW800 drives, I can barely justify the price of a single TB drive. Look at USB 3.0 ports - only the most recent models include that.

Sure apple likes to praise themselves for being first to introduce forward thinking new tech but they are always LAST when other companies come dumping their higher res, much improved tech on top of all apple products.

Wait hold on.

You're saying pushing 220PPI laptop screens rather than the crappy 1366x768 panels the rest of the industry are using is useless.

Then, a single paragraph later, you're saying the iPhone should be 1080p (550PPI), which is basically overkill by a long shot even if you have 20/20 vision and hold your iPhone up to your eye's near point, and would absolutely kill battery life and compatibility with older apps.

Then, you're calling a technology bad because you can't afford it, even though you're not the target market of said technology.

Then you act like Samsung/Sharp has actually announced/released those high-res laptops, proving you haven't even read the article you're commenting on.

Yet I am trolling?

:confused::confused:
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bchery21 Avatar
110 months ago
How much?? And why does every laptop look like the MBP now?
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iMikeT Avatar
110 months ago
Just another "I can do it too" gimmick.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tevion5 Avatar
110 months ago
Lots of "inspiration" going on in laptop design at the moment. Seriously, there must be literally an infinite number of designs someone could make for a laptop and surely many better than Apple. How uncreative does your design department have to be to produce stuff like this HP?

Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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