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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, 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


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