Higher resolution displays are finally becoming more common with both tablets and notebooks. Both ASUS and Acer are now reported to looking into 1080p screens for the next generation Ultrabooks, could this mean that 1366 x 768 is finally about to phase out?

According to industry sources to DigitimesAcer and ASUS have started a venture with AU Optronics (AUO) and Chimei Innolux (CMI) to develop high resolution panels for notebooks with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. It was really just a matter of time before development would finally start leading to better resolutions, higher pixel densities and not just better contrast, brightness or lower energy efficiency.

The stock resolution among notebooks is 1366 x 768, at 13.3″ and up, and it is not enough to get a clear picture. ASUS UX21 and Acer Aspire S3 today sports 1366 x 768 pixels, while ASUS UX31 comes with 1600 x 900 pixels. If the rumors are true the idea will be to bring 1080p to 11.6″ and 13.3″ screens, which doesn’t sound unrealistic when you look at the resolution next generation tablets and smartphones are rumored to sport at way 1280 x 720 at much smaller sizes.

ultrabooks21080p at 11.6″ and up will soon be reality

According to the source both ASUS and Acer will release their new Ultrabooks in January or February sporting the new panel. Hopefully more will follow and perhaps we will also see regular notebooks with high resolutions, or perhaps even regular monitors with some really good resolutions.

The development has been standing still in desktops where we actually moved from 1920 x 1200 to 1920 x 1080 and Full HD”. It doesn’t sound like technology is stopping us. It sounds like a lot can happen in 2012, and a jump in panel resolutions for larger screens is one we really, really want!

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