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Windows 8 Will Support 'Retina' Level Graphics And Higher
« on: March 22, 2012, 06:09:08 PM »

Many of you might be aware of the hoopla that surrounded the introduction of the 'New iPad' a couple of weeks ago and especially its most notable new feature...the 'Retina' display which consists of a resolution of 2056 x 1536.   With most 10.1 inch Android tablets today topping out at 1280 x 800 or 1920 x 1200 for the next generation Acer and Asus models, and Microsoft station that base resolutions for Windows 8 tablets would be 1366 x 768 many of you might have thought that Windows 8 tabs would be left out of the high resolution party and be passed by their Android and iOS cousins.   Well fear not fine Windows fans...Microsoft unveiled on their 'Building Windows 8' blog that not only will Windows 8 tablets and desktops not be limited to the 1366 x 768 standard, they will have at least two higher resolutions available to manufacturers that even outdoes the Retina Display.

In the above chart you can see that both 1920 x 1080 and an astonishing 2560 x 1440 will be available for Windows 8 hardware manufacturers to build and not only that, but the way MS has designed the scaling,  larger screens such as 23 and 27 inch desktop models will be able to squeeze in more apps and information on the screen due to the larget size.   Interestingly, the scaling factor used in Windows 8 will be 100% at 1366 x 768, 140% at 1920 x 1080 and 180% at 2560 x 1440.   

You can read much more detailed information about how the whole thing works at the link below but much of the success of these high resolution devices will depend on the willingness of developers to make apps that will take advantage of the additional pixels   That is probably where Microsoft will have to come in and set up some kind of branding or device that encourages developers to do so or it will be left to specialized applications.   What do you think?  Would you buy a 10.1 inch Windows 8 tablet with a super high 2560 x 1440 resolution?   Do you think enough buyers will for developers to make apps for such high resolutions?

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