When the folks at Jolicloud announced that version 1.1 of the company’s Linux-based operating system would add support for 720p HD YouTube video playback and 1080p local HD video playback on a netbook with a dual core Intel Atom N550 processor, plenty of people were skeptical. While we still haven’t seen the 1080p promise turned into reality, Jolicloud has posted a video showing a netbook with an Atom N550 chip playing a 720p movie trailer from YouTube.
You can check out the video after the break. Playback looks pretty smooth — but the true advantage of HD video support on a device with a 1024 x 600 pixel or lower resolution display is the fact that you should be able to copy your HD video collection to your netbook and watch videos without spending hours transcoding them to a format that’s viewable on the mobile computer first. HD Flash video support is nice and all, but it’s honestly tough to see much difference between a 480p and 720p video on a low resolution display.