Even if you don't love Apple products, you might appreciate how its pixel-dense Retina Display technology has shaken up the market for mobile screens (and, eventually, desktop ones). You may not want an iPhone or the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, but Apple's promotion of the feature is spurring other companies to add similar technology to their product offerings.
A case in point is a new laptop prototype Samsung exhibited at the IFA 2012 trade show in Berlin this week. (More IFA 2012 news for Samsung can be found here.) Engadget spotted the Series 9 WQHD ultra-portable squeezing a very impressive 2,560x1,440 resolution into just a 13-inch screen.
That works out to be roughly the same pixels-per-inch that the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display offers, and is a significant improvement on the current Series 9's 1,600x900 resolution. Engadget also points out that the screen features "a gentle matte finish," though it's unclear how that specifically enhances the viewing experience.
The 13-inch Series 9 laptop already costs $1,200 and up, so you can imagine that an ultra-high-res screen would send that price even higher. While that is no comfort for people who don't want to drop $1,500 (i.e., most of us), it does continue a trend for higher-resolution screens, which will eventually trickle down as more of these displays are produced.