Ultrabooks on track for 2011/2012, some may have 2560x1400 display

By on October 6, 2011, 8:30 AM

According to DigiTimes' industry sources, HP and Dell will launch their first ultrabooks sometime after rival system vendors, including Acer, Asus, Toshiba and Lenovo. The former reportedly plans to ramp up ultrabook production at the end of this year via Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta Computer, while the latter company has contracted Wistron to produce a 14-inch machine that will be displayed during CES 2012 in January.

The sources also revealed that Wistron is manufacturing Acer's 13.3-inch Aspire S3, Compal Electronics is working on the 15-inch Aspire S3 as well as Lenovo's IdeaPad U300s, while Pegatron Technology is whipping up Asus' 11.6-inch UX21 and 13-inch UX31. We haven't seen too many strict release dates, but most of those devices are expected imminently -- certainly before next year based on existing information.

Because HP and Dell will lag behind their immediate competition, some folks believe the companies intend to ship their initial offerings with Intel's next-generation 22nm processing architecture, Ivy Bridge. Although that isn't impossible, it seems unlikely. Leaked roadmaps and separate sources have repeatedly suggested that Ivy Bridge will emerge in March or April 2012 instead of Intel's customary January unveiling and launch.

In somewhat related news, VR-Zone reports that some Ivy Bridge ultrabooks will feature extremely high-resolution displays. While most of the upcoming MacBook Air rivals will carry a typical 1366x768 screen, some will cram 2560x1440 pixels into a 13.3-inch panel -- albeit for a premium. Such a pixel density would likely push the ultrabook's price north of Intel's recommended $1,000 mark, and battery life would take a hit too.




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Guest said:

I would love to have screen with that high pixel density! although I would love it more if it was for my desktop (24"). :)

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

2560x1400. Ha, right... Not impossible but this "some," will be more like a single model from each company with a really expensive price tag.

Xero07 said:

not sure if there would be a point to that high of a resolution on a 13.3 inch. 1080p is more than enough on my 15.5 inch.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Xero07 said:

not sure if there would be a point to that high of a resolution on a 13.3 inch. 1080p is more than enough on my 15.5 inch.

Agreed! Its a bit of an extreme res for such a sized screen, and you would need a graphics card to power it as well!

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

I don't see why people are surprised.

1920 X 1080/1200 is not really that high of a resolution in the PC world.

I'v had a U3011 for quite some time and I can't go back to 1080P now.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

I have to order a few laptops for our business but I've been putting it off waiting for these. Please hurry, Asus.

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