samsung series 9(1) Samsung details its Series 9 notebooks

Samsung's sleek and sexy Series 9 notebooks are finally arriving, at least in the US of A, although the company didn't just unveil the pricing of its 13.3-inch model today, but also details on its new 11.1-inch model. The 13.3-inch model goes on sale in the US today, although it's not clear as to when it'll be available elsewhere, whereas to the 11.1-inch model no firm launch date was given.

Samsung's sleek and sexy Series 9 notebooks are finally arriving, at least in the US of A, although the company didn't just unveil the pricing of its 13.3-inch model today, but also details on its new 11.1-inch model. The 13.3-inch model goes on sale in the US today, although it's not clear as to when it'll be available elsewhere, whereas to the 11.1-inch model no firm launch date was given.

The 13.3-inch Series 9 model will only be offered with a Core i5-2537M which is a ULV model clocked at 1.4GHz with a turbo speed of 2GHz for both cores and 2.3GHz for a single core. The Intel graphics has a base clock speed of a mere 350MHz, but will turbo to 900MHz. This is the most basic ULV processor in Intel's new line-up and as such it only has 3MB of L3 cache, but it supports all the extra features like AVX, AES, TXT and VT.

samsung series 9(1) Samsung details its Series 9 notebooks

Other features include up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, a 128GB SSD, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with WiDi support and optional WiMAX, Bluetooth 3.0, an HDMI port, three USB 2.0 ports of which one can charge other devices even when the notebook is off, a microSD card slot, an Ethernet port, a pair of audio jacks and an HD webcam. The clickpad (track pad) supports no less than 21 different types of gestures and you do of course get a chicklet type keyboard as well. The Lithium Polymer battery is said to be good for up to 7h of usage and the machine weighs in at a feather light 1.31kg.

The 11.1-inch model gets to make do with a ULV Core i3-380UM processor which is clocked at 1.33GHz and as this is an older CPU you don't get support for Intel's latest and greatest graphics. It also comes with a mere 2GB of RAM as standard and a tiny 64GB SSD. Still, it should offer the same 7h worth of battery life and at a weight of just a smidgen over 1kg it's hard to complain too much.

The 13.3-inch Series 9 notebook will start at US$1,649 (S$2,120) with Windows 7 Home Premium while it'll cost US$50 more with Windows 7 Professional, although that SKU won't be available until sometime in mid-April. So now the question you're going to have to ask yourself, would you go with Samsung's new Duralumin clad Series 9 notebook or Apple's aluminium clad MacBook Air?

Source: Samsung