DigiTimes reports portable computers will get screens with higher resolutions. Acer and ASUS are working with AUO and CMI to develop new 1920 x 1080 screens, and due to Apple's plan to give the iPad 3 a screen of 2048 x 1536 pixels, ultrabooks are expected to receive new panels as well, albeit not as impressive as Apple's high-res Retina displays.
Apple's plan to introduce its next-generation iPads with the high-resolution Retina displays (2,048x1,536) in early 2012 will push the market to opt for high-resolution models, forcing branded notebook vendors to upgrade their products, said the sources.
Acer and Asustek are expected to release ultrabook models with new panels in January-February 2012 at the earliest, added the sources.
Currently, Asustek employs displays with a resolution of 1,366x768 for its 11.6-inch UX21 ZenBook models and upgrades the resolution to 1,600x900 for its 13.3-inch UX31 models. Meanwhile, Acer's 13.3-inch Aspire S3 also comes with a display resolution of 1,366x768.