Samsung shows off Series 9 notebook with 2560 x 1440 display

Samsung is showing off a new version of its Series 9 ultraportable notebook with a WQHD display. That stands for wide quad, high definition — which is another way of saying this laptop has a 13.3 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixels screen.

Samsung Series 9 WQHD

Nicole from MobileGeeks spotted the new high definition model on display at IFA in Berlin this week.

The Samsung Series 9 is a thin and light laptop with a DisplayPort, HDMI, and 2 USB ports. It has a full-sized island-style keyboard and a large touchpad, and this model also has a matte display.

It’s not clear whether Samsung actually plans to bring the Series 9 WQHD model to market, but if it does, the laptop probably won’t be cheap.

The latest Samsung Series 9 notebooks with 13.3 inch displays sell for around $1000 and up — although you can sometimes find older models for better prices.

There’s also a dual screen prototype with two WQHD displays, one on each side of the lid ) so you can close the lid and use the computer like a tablet. Expected price for that one? Even less cheap.

  • carl

    Talking about high resolution 11″ to 13″ screens. Does anyone know if Windows 8 gets any closer to resolution independence? Doing the whole increasing DPI to make text readable still breaks the UI in many programs including built-in ones on Windows 7.

    I hear the 11.6″ Asus Zenbook Prime with a 1080p display comes preloaded with an increased DPI setting. Kind of a sign that the resolution is too high for the screen size. At least for Windows 7.

    • Penn Taylor

      I was under the impression that the offending applications are using pre-rendered fonts (either directly or indirectly via a UI toolkit). There’s nothing the OS can do in that case, because the application is essentially telling the OS, “I’m drawing pictures here, not text.”

      • me

        In windows you can set the DPI scaling for fonts. windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Make-the-text-on-your-screen-larger-or-smaller

        Too bad it has adverse affects where some text don’t get bigger and others get too big. Of course, non-text content are usually not scaled at all.

    • CyberGusa

      A bit, they discussed some of the changes here…

      http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/03/21/scaling-to-different-screens.aspx

      Basically, it’ll handle it better (new standards should also help) and for new apps it shouldn’t be a problem but legacy apps may still be a issue.

      Mind the desktop is still basically Windows 7, with all the major changes going to the new UI.