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Linus Torvalds: 2560x1600 Needs To Be Next Standard

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Linus Torvalds believes that it is time to leave antiquated screen resolutions behind.

"1366x768 is so last century", he wrote in a post on his Google+ profile. A bit of an exaggeration, since most laptops ran at 1024x768 in 1999, but he may not have a hard time finding supporters.

"So with even a $399 tablet doing 2560x1600 pixel displays, can we please just make that the new standard laptop resolution? Even at 11?" He continued: "The fact that laptops stagnated ten years ago (and even regressed, in many cases) at around half that in both directions is just sad."

Of course, on smaller displays, a higher resolution means smaller fonts. On that front, Torvalds says: "And the next technology journalist that asks you whether you want fonts that small, I'll just hunt down and give an atomic wedgie."

Yes, we know, sharp fonts have more sex appeal and yes, we also know that font sizes can be increased. We also know that the graphics chip industry, as well as screen makers, are targeting 2560x1600 as standard resolution for notebooks. It would be optimistic to expect this resolution in every notebook, but 2013 should bring 1920x1080 to entry-level devices and 2560x1600 to mainstream and high-end notebooks.

There will also be some other tiers with tweeners and higher resolutions. Intel recently noted that it would expect 11-inch notebooks to see 2560x1440 resolutions, 13-inch models 2800x1800 and 15-inch and above 3840x2160.

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    PseudopsiaKite , November 2, 2012 6:09 PM
    Can we start with 3840x2160 on my desktop please ^^
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    dman3k , November 2, 2012 6:19 PM
    I'd like a 27" 3840x2160.
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    Au_equus , November 2, 2012 6:30 PM
    how about some sub-$300 1600/1440p monitors please?
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    g00fysmiley , November 2, 2012 6:05 PM
    2560x1440 for an 11 inch screen seems... cool but kind of pointles si dont' think i could tell the difference between that and even 1080p or even 720 by much if anything... now in larger screens like 17" plus bring it on!
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    PseudopsiaKite , November 2, 2012 6:09 PM
    Can we start with 3840x2160 on my desktop please ^^
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    jacobdrj , November 2, 2012 6:11 PM
    Linus, the sky is blue man... I hear ya...
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    jcurry23 , November 2, 2012 6:15 PM
    "I'll just hunt down and give an atomic wedgie." lol
  • 36 Hide
    dman3k , November 2, 2012 6:19 PM
    I'd like a 27" 3840x2160.
  • 28 Hide
    CaedenV , November 2, 2012 6:20 PM
    That way you can watch him flip people off with more clarity!
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , November 2, 2012 6:23 PM
    Man, I'd be happy if Dell updated the U2410 from 1920x1200 to 2560x1600 in the same 24" size...
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    jupiter optimus maximus , November 2, 2012 6:27 PM
    I am in the market for a new monitor, but i want ultra high resolution 24" 4800x2700 monitor proposed by Intel for 2015. Still stuck with a 19" 1400x900 LCD VGA monitor that i bought in Wall Mart back in 2006.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Intel-Higher-Resolution-Displays-Coming,15329.html
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    Au_equus , November 2, 2012 6:30 PM
    how about some sub-$300 1600/1440p monitors please?
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    CaedenV , November 2, 2012 6:33 PM
    what we need is simply a generally higher demand for higher dpi/ppi in general. I am running a 28" monitor at 1920x1200, and thought the dpi was low when I bought it 4 years ago after coming from a CRT that was nearly the same resolution (but in 3:4 instead of 16:10). I am looking at these phones coming out now with 300+ dpi and the little elitiest nerd inside of my head keeps screaming "Why dont we see monitor resolutions increasing!!!!!"

    So ya, we sit a little further away from our PC monitors than we do our phones, but something in the 150-225ppi range would be so much better than the ~96dpi we have grown accustomed to over the years. We just need to push it to the point where it is just beyond what the human eye can perceive as a pixel from 1.5 feet away.
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    soccerdocks , November 2, 2012 6:33 PM
    g00fysmiley2560x1440 for an 11 inch screen seems... cool but kind of pointles si dont' think i could tell the difference between that and even 1080p or even 720 by much if anything... now in larger screens like 17" plus bring it on!


    No, its certainly not pointless. You would easily be able to tell the difference in those resolutions even at that size.
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    alidan , November 2, 2012 6:35 PM
    au_equushow about some sub-$300 1600/1440p monitors please?

    give me a sub 600$ 2560x1600
    all i want...
    really
    all i want.
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    CaedenV , November 2, 2012 6:37 PM
    just a thought.... but if we increase ppi to the 'retna' standard then we no longer need to run AA on games. May still need texture filtering, but at least we would not need to smooth out shapes of objects.
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    Anonymous , November 2, 2012 6:37 PM
    Ive had this resolution (2560 x 1600) 30" display for 2 years now and would never go back to 1920 x 1200 or worse 1080p displays. Gaming at this res cant be beat currently unless you run 3 displays in surround game mode. I dont get the rush to make this res or even higher for much smaller tablets though. Im waiting on a 4K display 30 inches or bigger for pc use. Gaming at 4K would be the beast!
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    Marcus52 , November 2, 2012 6:37 PM
    I very much agree with Torvalds, and a lot of people are waking up to the fact that inexpensive tablets have better screens than their notebooks and desktops. Smart phones have better screens.
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    bak0n , November 2, 2012 6:39 PM
    Good luck playing a game on a laptop @ 1600.
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    rantoc , November 2, 2012 6:40 PM
    2560x1440 on 27" here, can't look at my old 22" with 1080p anymore its to pixely.
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    srap , November 2, 2012 6:44 PM
    F*ck 1600, I want UltraHD monitor for my 15.6" notebook!
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