Mobile devices like the new iPad are getting consumers used to high-resolution, pixel-dense displays, but so far laptops and desktops haven't received the same treatment. Intel believes that will change very soon. At its Developer Forum in Beijing, Intel said that we should start seeing retina-style displays on bigger devices starting in 2013. This includes everything from 11-inch ultrabooks with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolutions up to 21-inch desktops with 3840 x 2160 displays. While those specs aren't quite as dense as what you'd find on a new iPad (which has a 2048 x 1536 resolution for its 9.7-inch screen) it's because the displays would be optimized for the typical viewing distance of the device. For a desktop this would be around two feet, for instance, compared to one foot for a smartphone. Of course, this kind of change will require operating systems that support the new higher resolutions, something that Microsoft appears to be at least moving towards with Windows 8.
Intel expects retina-style displays to reach laptops by 2013
Intel believes that pixel-dense, retina-style displays could come to laptops and desktops as soon as next year.