While Intel is positioning ultrabooks as premium ultraportable notebooks with reasonable price tags, there’s one premium feature that’s currently an exception instead of a rule: high resolution displays. Almost every ultrabook we’ve seen to date has a 1366 x 768 pixel display.

But Gigabyte’s upcoming U2442V ultrabook has a 14 inch, 1600 x 900 pixel screen.

Gigabyte U2442V

Update: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the Gigabyte U2442V as a 13.3 inch ultrabook. It actually has a 14 inch display. 

Gigabyte’s ultrabook isn’t entirely unique in this space. The Asus Zenbook UX31 has a similar display, as does the Sony Vaio Z and Sony Vaio S, although the latter is technically a little chunky to be called an ultrabook.

But the high resolution display certainly helps set the Gigabyte U2442V apart from most of the competition. Gigabyte also plans to equip the notebook with an NVIDIA GT640 discrete graphics card.

Netbook News got an early look at the netbook at CeBIT this week. It’s expected to launch with an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, which means we probably won’t see the notebook on store shelves for a few more months.

The Gigabyte U2442V uses hybrid storage which combines a large hard drive with a small amount of solid state storage. The notebook has 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and VGA output, and an SD card reader.

The U2442V will feature an Intel Ivy Bridge ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processor, while Gigabyte will also offer a U2442N model with a standard voltage processor.

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4 replies on “Gigabyte ultrabook features a 14 inch, high resolution display”

  1. OK, I’m officially confused. Engadget is saying 14″, and the press release they posted talks about 14″ as well as some other sizes but no mention of a 13.3″ machine.

    EDIT: Netbook news has edited their post and now shows 14″. I think it is 14″.

    1. Yep, that’s what happened. They got a look at it before the press release was available and thought it was 13.3 inches. It’s kind of hard to tell the difference sometimes.

      I’ve updated our post now that more details are available, and I’ve also added some more press shots. 

  2. One nice thing about the Ivy Bridge chip set is its native support for USB 3.0, which in practice is ~4 x faster than USB 2.0 (theoretically 10 x faster). 

    I believe Ivy Bridge also supports Thunderbolt, which is theoretically 2.5 x faster than USB 3.0 (we’ll have to wait for general availability of devices to determine what the “real world milage” will be).

    1. So even with “native support”, the best USB 3.0 will do is 4x faster than USB 2.0? What would it take to realize the full 10x?

      All these technologies are interdependent. That is to say, there is always a weak link somewhere in the total combined system that prevents any single part from performing to its fullest potential.

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