Ever since Intel introduced the Ultrabook concept, manufacturers have been slow to get on the band wagon a few months ago, in fear of poor reception from consumers. Fast forward to the end of 2011, and most of the major manufacturers will have an Ultrabook already in the market, or have one hitting the market soon. So far we've seen the Acer Aspire S3, and the ASUS Zenbook UX31, both of which have launched in Singapore.
These two notebooks aren't exactly spectacular when it comes to components, but the ASUS Zenbook UX31 does sport a very sharp 1600 x 900 pixel display. However all this might change in early 2012, according to Ubergizmo, who reported that the Taiwanese rivals may be pushing for full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display on their 13-inch Ultrabooks. That isn't amazing by itself, but the time-frame give in that report was interesting.
Ubergizmo quoted Taiwanese IT news portal, Digitimes, whose sources said that Acer and Asustek are expecting these high resolution panels to start appearing in machines by January or February 2012. The best part of the story however is that Digitimes' quoted both vendors are optimistic about the sales of Ultrabooks. That could only mean good things for consumers, as manufacturers will pour more investment into research and development of the Ultrabook, hence coming up with better machines.
If you'd like a glimpse of how a full HD display would look like on a 13.3-inch screen, just take a look at the Sony Vaio Z, the only super thin 13-inch machine out in the market that sports a full HD screen. It may not appeal to some, who might find that such high pixel density on a small screen makes things difficult to read, but there will be many more others who will welcome this boost in screen resolution. We also expect that once Ivy Bridge breaks into the scene, that Ultrabooks will be more than capable of handling such high resolutions with relative ease.
If you are one of those who still haven't got a clue what Ultrabooks are, you can head on down to our special Ultrabook article to find out more.