Linus Torvalds believes that it is time to leave antiquated screen resolutions behind.
“1366×768 is so last century”, he wrote in a post on his Google+ profile. A bit of an exaggeration, since most laptops ran at 1024×768 in 1999, but he may not have a hard time finding supporters.
“So with even a $399 tablet doing 2560×1600 pixel displays, can we please just make that the new standard laptop resolution? Even at 11?” He continued: “The fact that laptops stagnated ten years ago (and even regressed, in many cases) at around half that in both directions is just sad.”
Of course, on smaller displays, a higher resolution means smaller fonts. On that front, Torvalds says: “And the next technology journalist that asks you whether you want fonts that small, I’ll just hunt down and give an atomic wedgie.”
Yes, we know, sharp fonts have more sex appeal and yes, we also know that font sizes can be increased. We also know that the graphics chip industry, as well as screen makers, are targeting 2560×1600 as standard resolution for notebooks. It would be optimistic to expect this resolution in every notebook, but 2013 should bring 1920×1080 to entry-level devices and 2560×1600 to mainstream and high-end notebooks.
There will also be some other tiers with tweeners and higher resolutions. Intel recently noted that it would expect 11-inch notebooks to see 2560×1440 resolutions, 13-inch models 2800×1800 and 15-inch and above 3840×2160.