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.

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