Taiwanese PC makers tell HKEPC that Intel is loosening some of its hardware restrictions for netbooks running low cost Windows XP licenses. According to the report, Intel had insisted that Atom N270 and N280 powered netbooks stick with 10 inch or smaller displays with 1024 x 600 pixel or lower resolutions. Of course, there have been a few exceptions, like the business/education-focused HP Mini 2140. But for the most part, companies that have offered higher resolution displays have opted for the Intel Atom Z5xx series of processors.

Now that Intel is giving PC makers the go-ahead to use higher resolution 10 inch screens, we could start seeing more netbooks with 1366 x 768 pixel screens. The HP Mini 110 is already available with a higher resolution display option, and the recently announced Sony Vaio Mini W will come standard with a 1366 x 768 pixel screen.

Of course, it remains to be seen whether there’s a huge demand for high resolution 10 inch screens. While a 720p display makes a lot of sense on a 12 inch or larger notebook, there are two problems with HD screens on smaller netbooks. First, the screen could be so sharp that the text will be hard to read without modifying your system fonts. And second, while the Intel Atom N270/N280 processor has enough oomph to stream most 720p video files stored on your desktop, it will struggle to output Flash video in full screen at higher resolutions than 1024 x 600. In other words, get ready for choppy performance from Hulu and other Flash video sites.

via Blogeee

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7 replies on “A flood of 1366 x 768 pixel netbooks could be on the way”

  1. As others have said it’s about time the netbook manufacturers kept up with technology let alone make advances. It’s not surprising that mr jobs has slated the pc world in his introduction of the ipad. My current netbook is over two years old and has all the same tech as can be found in new models; according to moore’s law there should be something at least twice as good on the market by now for the same money… rant over, soapbox put away now 🙂

  2. I would be more inclined to use the netbooks with a screen resolution of greater than 1024X600 have been using the HP mini 1000 as a light surfing tool but it is impared and can not use it for business due to the screen resolution will not alow for connection and applications on my citrix servers.. Have had the opportunity to use and review the 2133 for a few days and the resolution even on the 8.9″ screen with 1280X768 was fantastic .. too bad those only had the ULV Via Processor … otherwise may have kept it … still looking for HP’s 2140 at a decent price with the 1366X768 screen.. So bring on the NetBooks with higher resolution … Even Sony could do it 5 years ago with the PCG-TR3AP .. why can’t manufacturers do it now????

  3. Bring it on it’s about time ! 1024×600 is the reason I haven’t purchased a “netbook” to replace my R6 yet.

  4. I think it’s about time. I didn’t see the point of having a 10″ display having the same resolution as an 8.9″ display.

  5. i’ve concluded that i don’t want anything denser than an 8.9″ 1024×600 or an 11.6″ 1366×768… which, for ~10″, would be something like 1152-1200×640-675ish display. 135dpi is a good limit.

  6. This is mainly welcome news, though I personally find the dot pitch quite fine enough on 9/10-inch devices, so wouldn’t be too bothered myself. Ultimately, sounds rather like Intel realising ARM is very soon going to steal a march on them for smaller devices if they don’t show a bit more flexibility – better to have a more loosely controlled market than none at all.

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