NP900X4C 1 Samsung UK pre announces 15 inch Series 9 Ultrabook with Ivy Bridge

Intel's Ivy Bridge processors for Ultrabooks aren't set to arrive for another month, but that hasn't stopped Samsung's UK branch to show off one of its upcoming Series 9 notebooks featuring one of the new processors. The NP900X4C as the model is known as is Samsung's first 15-incher in the Series 9 family of notebooks and it does come with at least a couple of noteworthy features for those looking for a larger Ultrabook.

Intel's Ivy Bridge processors for Ultrabooks aren't set to arrive for another month, but that hasn't stopped Samsung's UK branch to show off one of its upcoming Series 9 notebooks featuring one of the new processors. The NP900X4C as the model is known as is Samsung's first 15-incher in the Series 9 family of notebooks and it does come with at least a couple of noteworthy features for those looking for a larger Ultrabook.

Samsung has gone with a mid-range CPU choice for its first entry into the 15-inch Ultrabook space with a Core i5-3317U which is a 1.7GHz part with a top turbo speed of 2.6GHz. Samsung has paired the CPU with the HM75 chipset, 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory and a 128GB SSD and we're most likely looking at an mSATA drive here.

NP900X4C 1 Samsung UK pre announces 15 inch Series 9 Ultrabook with Ivy Bridge

The 15-inch screen features a resolution of 1600×900 which is at least a step up over your average 1366×768 display that we've become all too used to see and Samsung has once again gone for a panel with 400nits brightness. As you might've already guessed, the graphics power comes courtesy of Intel's integrated HD 4000 IGP, which isn't as terrible as previous iterations, but a bit of a shame considering the size of the notebook.

NP900X4C 2 Samsung UK pre announces 15 inch Series 9 Ultrabook with Ivy Bridge

The NP900X4C also comes with 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with WiDi support, Bluetooth 4.0, a micro HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, a combo headphone/mic jack, an SD/MMC card slot and a 1.3Megapixel webcam. The notebook also has two custom ports for a D-sub and an Ethernet port via dongles, not exactly an elegant solution, but it allows Samsung to keep the notebook at a mere 14.9mm thick. An integrated 62Wh 8-cell battery is also part of the package, but Samsung didn't provide any details with regards to the battery life.

NP900X4C 3 Samsung UK pre announces 15 inch Series 9 Ultrabook with Ivy Bridge

Samsung has also included a backlit keyboard, a large multi-touch “clickpad” i.e. a button-less touchpad and a light sensor for both the screen and keyboard that automatically adjusts the backlight. We would expect the NP900X4C to arrive in early June, but sadly Samsung didn't provide any pricing information. That said, we'd expect the latest addition to the Series 9 to be sitting comfortably in the expensive category of notebooks, least not thanks to its all-aluminium chassis.

Source: Samsung