Linus Torvalds calls for 2560 x 1600 laptops

Now a £300 slate carries that resolution, there's no excuse, he argues
Darren Allan

November 1, 2012

Linus Torvalds, the man who was the driving force behind the creation of Linux, has been posting on Google+, pushing for 2560 x 1600 displays to become standard on laptops.

Currently, many smaller laptops still use a rather backward 1366 x 768 that, as Torvalds notes, is “so last century.” Indeed, he observes that smartphones will soon be laughing at that sort of resolution with their 4-5 inch screens.

The final straw of Torvalds, though, was the unveiling of the Nexus 10 tablet this week, which boasts a resolution of… you guessed it, 2560 x 1600, on a 10 inch slate which sells for just over £300.

Torvalds wrote: “So with even a [£319] tablet doing 2560×1600 pixel displays, can we please just make that the new standard laptop resolution? Even at 11 inch? Please. Stop with the ‘retina’ crap, just call it ‘reasonable resolution.’ The fact that laptops stagnated ten years ago (and even regressed, in many cases) at around half that in both directions is just sad.”

It’s a fair point that laptop display technology has indeed stagnated for a long time now.

Part of the issue, though, has been the CPU and GPU needed to push those many pixels around on higher resolution displays, as well as the cost of the screen itself – with mobile processors having to keep a lid on their heat and power usage, of course.

But thin slates can do this now, although of course, they use ARM chipsets. Still, Intel has been busy honing its power consumption capabilities lately, and the time is ripe for a shift in notebooks now – we’d definitely agree things need to be juiced up by complacent manufacturers. At the very least, we should see a shift towards full HD (1920 x 1080) as a minimum, even on smaller notebooks.

If you want to read Torvalds’ full post on Google+, check it out here.

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