New Windows 8 Ultrabook from Fujitsu has 3200x1800 display

One of the biggest issues some people have had with new Windows 8 notebooks is that their displays tend to have resolutions that are not as high as Apple's Macbook line with their Retina display. Now it looks like at least some PC makers are trying to offer notebooks with higher resolution displays.

As part of its Computex 2013 announcements, Fujitsu revealed today it will launch a new Windows 8 Ultrabook, the Lifebook UH90/L, later this month in its native Japan. The 14-inch notebook is only 15.5mm thick, according to the press release. Fujitsu says that makes the Lifebook UH90/L the thinnest Ultrabook available.

That's pretty impressive all by itself, but the Lifebook UH90/L also has a touchscreen that uses IGZO technology to give the 14 inch display a maximum resolution of 3200x1800, with a pixel density of 262 ppi. Fujitsu adds that the screen of the new Lifebook has what it calls "Super Glide Coating" to give its owners a better experience while using Windows 8 via the touchscreen.

In terms of what's inside, the Fujitsu Lifebook UH90/L will have Intel's fourth generation Core i5-4200U processor, along with a 500 GB hybrid storage drive. There's no word yet on the Ultrabook's memory or battery life. There's also no info on if the Lifebook UH90/L will be released in the US.

Source: Fujitsu | Image via Fujitsu

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People can hate Apple all they want, but you have to recognize that they build superior laptops compared to most Windows laptops. I would definitely buy this laptop if the screen is comparable or better than my retina MacBook Pro. I never understood how some people buy $1500 laptops with a lousy screen resolution and screen behind all that other hardware.

JHBrown said,
People can hate Apple all they want, but you have to recognize that they build superior laptops compared to most Windows laptops.

Not really fair is it, Windows laptops are made for all segments, from the very low end until the high end.
Apple however creates top-mid-end and high end systems.

It's improved in leaked 8.1 builds. Hopefull the finished product will have much better desktop scaling. Metro scales perfectly all the time though.

Well, what other decent options are there for laptops? A good chiclet keyboard is an absolute joy to type on, for example those from Apple and Sony's higher-end laptops.

[quote="Article"Core i5-4200U[/quote]
I don't know.... This could present a problem. HD Graphics 4400.

Since it's new, very few benchmarks have risen. If this graphic cards is not far way more superior than the HD 4000, then this would be crap.

The MB Pro 13" Retina Display struggles with all that pixel density. Imagine something with much more pixels, and not a much more powerful card to compensate the gain.

Hope I'm wrong.

vhaakmat said,
1MP Camera?? You must be kiddin'me!!!

1MP = 1280x720 video. Good enough for video chatting don't you think?

Have you seen how somebody looks like on a 1MP webcam? the 2year old iPhone has a 2MP webcam as well as other smart phones. SO why this 1MP camera? Unless I am mixing up my pixel count?

Crimson Rain said,

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/.../hd-pro-webcam-c920?crid=34

I have this. I'm not sure if it can really do 15MP but the 1080p vid it records is 100 times better than other 1 or 2MP webcams...

The amount of MP's has absolutely nothing to do with the image quality. The logitech cam is better because it has a much better sensor that also lets in more light. A 2MP cam could easily be just as good and still do 1080p.

Now thats a "retina" display. This looks much better than the MacBook Retina as well - Higher res display + touch screen + superior OS. Just needs an SSD.

-adrian- said,
Can you shortly explain why you call retina - retina? Why do people use this marketing term anyways?

"Retina" is a term coined by apple to describe very high DPI screens. They have a technical spec for it, but it loosely means high DPI.

EDIT:: Not sure why the system put my comment out of line :\

Eins.MY said,
this thing has a hybrid drive

how is the speed compared to pure SSD drive?

Much worse. Hopefully it includes an mSATA slot to install an SSD in.

Of course the only way to tell the difference between the two pixel densities is with a magnifying glass.

And in Windows 8, on the Desktop side of things, support for High DPI resolutions is bad (you can either have controls that are too small to use, or turn on scaling and then have to deal with the myriad of broken UI's in software that do not support it properly).

Edited by virtorio, Jun 5 2013, 3:28pm :

-adrian- said,
Can you shortly explain why you call retina - retina? Why do people use this marketing term anyways?

I was just making fun of Apples stupid marketing term. It's just a high res display.

virtorio said,
Of course the only way to tell the difference between the two pixel densities is with a magnifying glass.

And in Windows 8, on the Desktop side of things, support for High DPI resolutions is bad (you can either have controls that are too small to use, or turn on scaling and then have to deal with the myriad of broken UI's in software that do not support it properly).


It's a downside of an open ecosystem. Even though scaling has been around for a long time, and in spite of the market's attempt to sound like it cares about people with accessibility needs, 3rd party software design in the Windows space has never bothered to pay any attention to it.

It's a big reason why I was excited about the MBP's retina display. I wanted it to be a sign of things to come on all platforms, and start forcing developers to care about improving UI design practices. The hyperprioritization of function over form in software has given us advanced code that nobody wants to use, and lazily built interfaces that glitch under the most trivial environment changes.