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Samsung unveils sumptuous, thin and powerful 9 Series notebook

by Parm Mann on 6 January 2011, 14:04

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We never tire of gawking at mind-bogglingly thin notebooks, and they don't come much thinner than Samsung's newly-unveiled 9 Series.

The stunningly-crafted machine measures 1.7cm thick - the same as Apple's MacBook Air - and weighs just 2.89 pounds. That's an all-important 0.01 pounds less than Apple's trend setter, and enough for Samsung to proclaim the 9 Series as the "thinnest and lightest 13in notebook available".

Truth be told, there's little to separate the 9 and the Air when it comes to form factor, but Samsung's machine does serve up a potent mix of internal hardware. Unlike Apple's super-slim MacBook Air - which still sports an Intel Core 2 Duo chip - Samsung's 9 Series rocks a Core i5 2537M from Intel's 2nd Generation Core Processor Family.

The 1.4GHz dual-core, hyper-threaded processor turbos up to 2.3GHz, and finds itself accompanied by 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid-state drive.

All the right ingredients for a premium mega-thin notebook, and Samsung's putting a few cherries on the cake; including a backlit keyboard, a display with 400 nits of LED-backlit brightness, HDMI, Ethernet and USB 3.0 connectivity. Battery life is rated at 6.5 hours, and the notebook's audio system comprises of two stereo speakers and a 1.5-watt subwoofer.

The brushed duralumin chassis is befitting of the $1,599 price tag (£1,030 excluding VAT), and the 9 Series is scheduled to hit retail next month.

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hmm certainly does look nice.
Wonder what the resolution is. Looks nice though.
Samsung doesn't have the fan base Apple has to pull off ridiculous laptops like that. Although much better than the MacBook Air it probably won't sell well.

It's a shame really, Apple don't deserve to do better with inferior products :(
It had me convinced until I hit this bit
The ….. $1,599 price tag (£1,030 excluding VAT),

Maybe not. I need a new laptop, but I'm thinking more like £400 or less, because I don't need anything that fancy.
Wonder what the resolution is. Looks nice though.

1,366-by-768 - pants.
Proprietary Ethernet port - pants.

CPU with integrated GPU is good though.

Overall - way too much money for something that small…