Linus Torvalds recently argued on his Google+ account that laptops resolutions have been hovering on the 1366×768 for about a decade. He then called 2560×1600 should be the standards resolution for all laptops. The creator of Linux started by saying that if even a $399 tablet could have a 2560×1600 pixel display, there should not be any excuse for that to become the new industry standard for laptop displays too. Linus was referring to the recently announced Nexus 10 tablet by Google which features a 2560×1600 display on a small 10-inch display.
He further added that “soon even the cellphones will start laughing at the ridiculously bad laptop displays” which may refer to the ever increasing display quality of recent smartphones. The recently released iPhone 5 has a display resolution of 1136×640 on a 4-inch display which is almost at par with current laptop display screens.
Apple made high resolution displays a feature for their current lineup of Macbooks which could mean that the rest of the computer manufacturers may soon be following their example. Torvalds also said to stop referring to it as retina and just call it “reasonable resolution” which he does make a good point.
High resolution displays doesn’t necessarily mean smaller fonts but instead, better quality fonts that appear crisper and sharper. This recent statement by the Linux creator could raise awareness for most manufacturers and lead them to focus on providing better display resolutions.