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Next year's ultrabooks may feature 2560 x 1440 displays

Asus UX31
Asus UX31

Plenty of excitement has surrounded the first batch of ultrabooks, but some people are disappointed with the 1366 x 768 panels found on most models, with the exception of the 1600 x 900 Asus UX31. VR-Zone has reported next-year's Ivy Bridge-powered ultrabooks may change all this, as discussions at last month's IDF brought up 2560 x 1440 "retina quality" 13.3-inch screens (see chart below). The panels could take advantage of Ivy Bridge's more powerful GPU to double both dimensions of current resolutions without necessarily decreasing text and graphics size. This is great for next year's models, but current ultrabook displays are still disappointing, especially since similar ultraportables offer higher resolutions. For example, the 13.3-inch MacBook Air is 1440 x 900, while the more expensive 13.1-inch Sony Vaio Z goes up to 1920 x 1080.