Asustek to push 16:9 ratio notebooks in the US and Europe

Asustek Computer will officially cut into the 16:9 ratio notebook market in the second half of 2008. In order to preserve profits, the company will initially only push 15.6-inch models in Europe and the US. The first wave of launches will start in July in the US, according to industry sources.

Currently, 16:9 15.6-inch panel suppliers include Taiwan-based AUO, Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO), and Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) and Korea-based LG. Korea-based Samsung will also start to supply 15.6-inch panels in the second half of this year, noted the sources

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For my money, and I have a whole 2 cents burning a hole in my pocket right now, the notebook manufacturer who first realizes that we spend 90% of our day working with LONG-format media and perhaps only 10% working with Wide-format media and produces a wide-swivel-screen notebook, will get the whole shebang! There's a product called Flybook that has one, but it's an oogly yellow creature. A smart brand could market a stylish version as a portable "busitainment" machine. Convertible tablets do not count, but one that incorporates all three modes would be da bomb... as in successful.

All 1280x800 and 1440x900 use aspect ratio of 16:10.

The only new thing here is that by using 16:9 is more standardized.

Virtually all widescreen monitors are 16:10.

You've got 1920x1200, 1680x1050, 1440x900, 1280x800.

This seems like a stupid idea to me.

you are correct

sorry for the triple post, but i really don't see the big deal. I'd rather have 16:10 and get more working area than a 16:9 screen (although it's not much real estate. We're talking difference between a 1280 * 800 vs 1280 * 768, so 32 pixels....) Plus, the screen sizes they have on laptops nowadays are just fine...