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The tablets finally beat PCs in both graphics resolution and format

From this week onwards, nothing is same again – if you want better resolution AND better aspect ratio format, go smaller! What's going on with this world?

It seems, as we wrote sometime ago, those same Taiwanese and Korean panel makers who ramrod abysmal moviescreen 16:9 displays to the 'helpless' PC industry, at the end don't have the same guts, or certain other when it comes to smaller – and overall cheaper – tablets. After all, 16:9 screen are supposed to be there because of saving few bucks when cutting the glass, so the 'more expensive' PC systems should be less beneficial than tablets in this regard.

Anyway, those concerned with the quality of display graphics which, together with the input device – not the CPU or memory speed – determines the most of actual user experience with a computer of any kind, may decide to somewhat like the usually hated, for a number of good reasons, certain fruit themed company with proprietary OS and product lines. The very productive and logical 4:3 aspect ratio of their iPad line, to continue unchanged in the iPad 3 and rumoured iPad Mini, forces all other tablet vendors to have similar or at least usable screen formats as well, if they want a part of the game.

These two weeks see the Mobile World Congress and CeBIT next to each other. On the first one, Asus and other major vendors announced a host of new quad-core tablets with, guess what, 1920×1200 beyond Full HD resolution and perfect Golden Section 16:10 aspect ratio. With good eyesight, you can now see TWO vertical document or web pages on this 10-inch screen without any scrolling need. Wow!

Then comes 7th of March, when, during CeBIT but on the other side of the world in California, a 2048×1536 often rumoured iPad 3 screen should see the light of the day. When was the last time we had such good resolution on a notebook? I will tell you: some 8 years ago there were such screens in a limited number of workstation notebooks, I myself had for five years one 2003 IBM Thinkpad with 1600×1200 display resolution.

Now you are likely to have the same resolution in a US$ 700 tablet – but not any laptops, which could use such graphics detail much more…

So, mark this week in your computer history books: it is the week when, with the announcement of iPad 3, preceded by Asus Transformer Infinity and similar Acer and other vendors' tablet devices, the small US$ 500 – 700 class tablets beat twice or triple – or any level – priced mobile PC systems, including the highest end ones, in the display device resolution and aspect ratio. Double whammy, surely.

If tablets have it, why not notebooks then? Remember, not too ago, the top gaming or workstation notebooks had 1920×1200 resolution, while now, two CPU refreshes after, the resolution went DOWN to 1920×1080, and the productivity went down much further with the extra scrolling need during the actual work due to too wide moviescreen. But no worries, at least those avid gamers or enthusiasts paying top dollar for such notebooks can – as I said before – play ANGRY BIRDS better on widescreen… can see all the birds and pigs at the same time, isn't it?

Nebojsa Novakovic
In the spare time over the past two decades, editor and writer of high-end computer hardware and design features and analysis for European and US media and analyst houses. Reviews of high end hardware are my specialty for 28 years already.

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