Intel says to expect Retina Display quality laptops, all-in-one desktops in 2013

Intel says to expect Retina Display quality laptops, all-in-one desktops in 2013

Summary: At this week's Intel Developer Forum in China, the company revealed some details about how the chip giant can help usher in ultra-high-resolution screens for more than just phones and tablets.


With everyone all gaga over the new iPad's Retina Display, it should come as no surprise that Intel is suddenly making a big deal about squeezing extra pixels into new displays. At this week's Intel Developer Forum in China, the company revealed some details about how the chip giant can help usher in ultra-high-resolution screens for more than just phones and tablets.

According to Liliputing, Intel showed a slide (pictured above) that suggests that higher-quality panels will reach Ultrabooks and all-in-one desktop displays by next year. It expects a resolution of 2,560x1,440 for 11-inch laptops and 2,800x1,800 for 13-inch notebooks, while 15-inch portables and 21-inch AIOs could pack in 3,840x2,160 resolution. These might not be the highest pixel-per-inch densities that could be achieved, but are optimized for the expected viewing distance. (More pixels won't matter if you're sitting too close to perceive them.)

Intel also pointed out that its new Ivy Bridge processors will have the necessary graphics horsepower to power these new displays. As points out, this could be a sign that Apple will be combining the new CPUs with Retina Display iMacs and MacBooks in the near future, though Intel's timeline doesn't seem in synch with the expected refresh of those systems in the coming months.

So depending on which rumors you believe, you should be seeing Retina Display computers either very soon or next year. Either way, if Intel is putting its muscle behind the new high-res screens, you can be sure they'll be everywhere.

Topics: Hardware, Intel, Laptops, Mobility

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  • And so they're proven relevant.

    I remember when the conversation was that this display was irrelevant. The biggest thing that was said about the iDevices was that they needed more cores. Now they changed the conversation to something new. How many pixels are in that tight of a space? And by the time that we get retina display computers and other smartphones, then what will the conversation change to?
    Michael Alan Goff
    • Coming at last...

      IBM showed off retina desktop displays a decade ago, now they are finally starting to become reality...

      And about time, with the surge in 4K cameras, there aren't currently any consumer grade display to edit the video on.
      • It all boils down to

        price. I shudder to think how much a retina display cost 10 years ago. Now they're cheap to start going more mainstream.
      • @smulji

        I think they were aroung $10K. :-(
  • After Apple came up with MBA, Intel "invented" concept of Ultrabook

    And after Apple moved Retina displays in smartphones and tablets, Intel disclosed that the future is in Retina displays.

    Until the end of this year, Apple might introduce iTV or something else quite strong and even possibly revolutionary, and then Intel and others will "independently" predict that the future will come to there. ;))
    • Come on, DeRSSS! Apple only sells products due to a RDF coupled to

      a superior ad campaign. Apple NEVER, EVER innovates! Samsung, in partnership with Microsoft, manufactured a retina display system 15 years ago!
      • So, being able to take something no one else could

        sell and make it a smash hit isn't innovative?
      • By the way, do people here, even bloggers, know answer to the following ...

        ... question: [b]why Samsung and two other companies produce Retina display, but none of those company can make those screens for their own use[/b] (let alone for sale to other consumers; the same story was with iPhone Retina display, which has match only now, almost two years later, with HTC X SuperLCD 2 scren)[b]?[/b]

        The answer is that technology process that allows to produce Retina displays belong to Apple. This is how several manufacturers all simultaneously become able to produce super-scpecification screens, and yet they can not use them for Galaxy Tabs or sell to others.

        When Apple in the new iPad (3) even said "we designed screen..." they really mean it. Obviously they collaborate with display technology companies for this, but such way that technology process would belong to them exclusively. Those collaborators are not even necessary the same which manufacture displays. It could be Hitachi Display, which originally invented IPS technology, or it could be Sharp or Toshiba -- while the manufacturers are LG Display, Samsung Display, Au Optronics and ChinmeiInnolux.
    • Apple didnt do anything except coin marketing terms.

      Laptops have been making a steady progression towards thinner and lighter for two decades. So too have displays being getting higher dpi and resolution.
      Johnny Vegas
      • Apple has always been the R&D of the entire industry going back decades.

        Intel themselves have never been shy in cloning Apple's designs and using it in concept products. From the Mac Mini to the iPhone and now MacBook Air. Laptops or notebooks may have been getting slimmer (Moore's law) but none were designed like the Air (first released in 2008). Suddenly everyone is concern with looks, designs, everyone's using SSD's, everyone's using large touchpads etc.
      • Apple "borrowed" the design of the LISA

        I would like to point out that the design of the first Apples were "borrowed" from a public institution in CA.
      • Not so much, no

        With the greatest respect, Johnny, that's just not true. I had a laptop four years ago with a 1920x1200 display, but these days they're (almost) all limited to 1080p, or HDTV resolution. Instead of moving forward, we've gone backwards. The laptop manufacturers seem convinced that all we do with their products is watch movies.
        As a developer, this has been a serious issue for me, and it comes as a great relief to me that Intel are finally pushing to move forward again. Looking forward to getting a 3840x2160 display packed into a 15" display. Or even a 17" display.

        Apologies for the late response, BTW. I just caught up with this article.
        • Not so much, no

          You could not have it said better. What vendors call "high resolution" today was considered very low 8 years ago when one could buy WUXGA 1920x1200 laptops anywhere. We have definitely gone backwards instead forward just because some "genius" thought that we all use laptops just for movie watching. I am glad to hear that the end to this "HD" BS is close to its end.
  • Love to see them but ...

    ... I expect the iPAD 4 first, after which WINTEL will be further behind!
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