IFA 2012 | Samsung shows off Series 9 WQHD prototype

At IFA 2012, members of the press caught a glimpse of a Samsung Series 9 prototype with a WQHD display with a pixel density comparable to that of the Apple MacBook Pro 15 with Retina display.

On the first official day of IFA 2012, various online technology news sites caught a glimpse of a new Samsung Series 9 ultrabook prototype. While the mere mention of a prototype ultrabook is generally considered newsworthy, what truly sets this prototype apart is its display. The 13-inch Series 9 WQHD Ultrabook prototype features a 13.3-inch display with an amazing 2560x1440 (WQHD) resolution. In fact, The Verge reported seeing a second prototype with two WQHD displays in a style similar to the Asus Taichi.

So what does such a high resolution mean to consumers? Considering the display’s 13.3-inch diagonal, the high resolution results in a very high pixel density of 221 dpi. This pixel density is comparable to that of the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. By comparison, the Samsung Series 9 900X3B-A01 used a typical HD+ resolution of 1600x900 with a pixel density of approximately 118 dpi. A 15.6-inch gaming notebook with a Full HD display has a pixel density of approximately 141 dpi. The Series 9 WQHD prototype clearly surpasses both its predecessor and typical gaming notebooks in this regard.

Citing sources from Samsung, Hardware.info claims this display will not be available in the near future but a revised Samsung Series 9 will be available with a Full HD display shortly.

 

Samsung Series 9 WQHD prototype, courtesy of Hardware.info

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Author: Benjamin Chen, 2012-08-31 (Update: 2012-09- 1)