Dell's 16-inch XPS prototype is a glimpse of the future

Dell's 16-inch XPS prototype is a glimpse of the future

Dell's 16-inch laptop prototype.

There's a well-worn axiom in journalism that finding three examples of the same thing in short order officially constitutes a trend. With that in mind, take a look at this prototype Dell XPS laptop being shown under glass at the Dell booth. It's a 16-inch laptop, called the XPS 630i, and the unusual size displays images in a true 16:9 screen ratio (like your HDTV), rather than the 16:10 screen ratio found in most 14.1-, 15.4- and 17-inch laptop displays.

While Dell is the only PC maker showing off a 16-inch prototype to the public, it's not the only company interested in new laptop screen sizes. We can think of at least two other brands (and possibly more) that are all working on both 16-inch and 18-inch laptops, which makes this an official trend in our book.

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Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of laptops, desktops, and Windows tablets, while also writing about games, gadgets, and other topics. A former radio DJ and member of Mensa, he's written about music and technology for more than 15 years, appearing in publications including Spin, Blender, and Men's Journal.


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