A growing number of laptops, tablets, and even smartphones with screen resolutions higher than 1080p have popped up in the last few years. But desktop monitors with higher-than-full HD displays have been few and far between… and Intel is betting that one of the reasons we don’t see more high-res PC displays is because people don’t want to pay high prices for them.
So Intel has announced that it’s working with Samsung to develop more affordable screens. The companies hope to bring the price of a 23.6 inch, 4K PLS display down to about $399.
Why does a chip maker care what display you’re using with your desktop computer? Well, Intel wants to sell processors… but with PC sales slowing as people decide their computer is good enough to last a few more years (or that their phone or tablet replaces a PC for many purposes), Intel has a vested interest in giving you a new reason to upgrade.
Intel’s 4th-gen Core “Haswell” chips can support multiple 4K monitors. So if you’re interested in a high-res display you might want to buy a new Intel-powered PC to go with it.
As for the new, more affordable 4K display, Intel hasn’t provided many details yet. But the company does say we should expect a monitors with Samsung 4K displays for around $399 or less by the end of 2014.
We could also see all-in-one desktop PCs with 4K displays selling for $999.