Samsung Display Sets New Pixel Count Record

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Samsung is getting ready to take on Apple and Google with a new, super-lush high-resolution display. Boasting a resolution of 3,200 x 1,800, the new display will be shown off at the upcoming Display Week 2013 event, taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Samsung's new display features a pixel density of 276 pixels per inch. That makes for a substantially higher pixel count than Apple's Retina display (227 pixels per inch), which can be found on the iPad tablet and MacBook laptop computers.

It's also better than the Toshiba Kirabook (221 pixels per inch) and Google's new Chromebook Pixel (239 pixels per inch). (Source:

Samsung Not Yet Committed to High-Resolution Display

It's clear Samsung is thinking about bringing a high-resolution display laptop to the market.

This new version -- which will be packed into a 13.3-inch laptop computer for the Vancouver event -- boasts a slightly better resolution than the 2,560 x 1,440 resolution screen shown off by Samsung in August 2012. (Source:

But is a high-resolution display enough to convince consumers to purchase a new laptop? So far, it's not clear Samsung feels ready to answer that question. After all, the firm hasn't yet committed to producing a laptop with the 276 pixel per inch screen.

High Costs Holding Consumers, Manufacturers Back

As you might expect, the problem with high-resolution displays is that they're hardly cheap. Not only is the display expensive to produce, but such screens require greater processing power, forcing the manufacturer to use a high-power CPU.

And in order to use that powerful processor, manufacturers must also equip a device with a larger battery. Should a PC builder fail to include a high-powered processor or big battery, the device could suffer constant slowdowns or limit its portability.

Equip a device with everything required, and the price starts to get a little out of control. That's why Google's Chromebook Pixel, which doesn't even feature a large hard drive or solid state drive, retails for roughly $1,300.

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