On Thursday Samsung launched its Series 9 Premium Ultrabook, a $1,399.99 machine sporting an Intel Core i7 processor, a 13.3-inch Full HD SuperBright display, and a weight of only 2.56 pounds. It also packs Windows 8, but don't let that scare you off – the desktop you know and love still exists underneath Microsoft's new tablet-oriented overlay.
"The Series 9 features a Samsung SuperBright display (300 nit), making it up to twice as bright as standard notebook screens," the company said. "The Series 9 reproduces up to 16 million colors, making it ideal for viewing photos and videos. The wide viewing angle and matte display allow users to appreciate the rich picture quality in all lighting conditions, both inside and out."
According to the list of specs, Samsung's new Ultrabook packs an Intel Core i7-3537U processor clocked at 2.0 GHz, 4 GB of memory, and an Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU. Also thrown into the mix is a 128 GB SSD, a 1.3MP HD webcam, two 1.5W speakers, and wireless N connectivity. The Ultrabook also takes advantage of Samsung's Fast Solutions technology which allows the device to boot in less than 10 seconds and resume from sleep "nearly instantly".
"For maximum on-the-go connectivity, the Series 9 offers up to 5.8 hours (Mobile Mark 2012) of battery life, so users can stay powered all day without needing to seek out a power source," the company said. "The combination of Samsung’s PowerPlus charging technology and an advanced Lithium-Polymer battery gives the Series 9 battery a lifespan that is up to three times longer than a conventional battery."
The Ultrabook's actual dimensions are 12.35 x 8.60 x 0.51-inches, making it extremely thin and lightweight. Samsung claims the build is "nearly seamless", using an aluminum single shell body and featuring "the well-known Series 9 hallmark polished edge". The chassis has also been sand-blasted for fingerprint resistance, keeping it "pristine" at all times.
The Series 9 Premium Ultrabook with Full HD resolution is available now for $1399.99 through a variety of retail channels.
From my experience, Windows 8's UI is a hinderance without a touch screen - it was designed to bridge current to next with the intent that most devices would have a touch screen in the future.
Yeah I agree, I don't see how this is worth anywhere close to $1400. And it's a i7-3537U, which I just looked up and is a dual core i7 with HT. I thought all mobile i7s were quad core and the mobile i5's were the dual core ones.
Agreed, should be $1100 for i5, 4gb, 128gb and then $1400 for i7, 8gb, 256gb. A 1080p PLS display is not enough to push people to Samsung's ultrabook instead of the Macbook Air.