the first big improvements in portable computing were better keyboards. large VGA screens, then integrated WiFi, USB and HDMI connectors and relentless drive to adopt faster processors and provide longer battery life.
the next big thing is one of the most visible aspects of portable computing, brighter screen displays and increased increased resolution.the one time owner of the graphics processing socket, Intel Corp, could be on the way to being dethroned as portable and tablet computer makers respond to the growing use of touchscreens and other technologies that require more graphics horsepower than Intel’s current 4400 graphics chip may be able to supply.
Initially, Acer and Lenovo have tried to boost graphics performance and capabilities by adding graphics processors to a few units in their product line, notably portables with 14-inch screens.
I’ve tested portables from those vendors that use NVidia graphics chips that have been designed to improve graphics capabilities, they can and do make a tremendous difference in making a portable easier to use for extended periods, as long as they don't radically alter battery life.
There is one PC maker that has always understood the difference display technology can make in product adoption and technology leadership. that company is Apple and its Retina display technology and its A8X graphics processor which isUsed on Apple's highend iPAD. Retina has the horsepower for delievering stunning video displays.
All forms of tablet computing--including hybrid laptops, could becom battlegrounds for companies that want to set products apart through the use of display technologies.
To date my favorite tablets and hybrids based on screen technolohgiesinclude Samsung’s Galaxy Note Prob with a 12.2 inch screen, the new Lenovo Yoga Pro3, and Apple’s iPad Air 2 which uses tghe A8X chip
Keep your eyes peeled for new display technologies coming to your favorite portables soon.--Jim Forbes on 11/16/2014