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CES: Samsung shows its Series 5 ultrabook and updated Series 9 notebook

Proposes another type of ultrabook
Tue Jan 10 2012, 12:39

KOREAN HARDWARE GIANT Samsung has shown off its latest Series 5 ultrabook and Series 9 notebook at CES.

The firm is the latest vendor to announce its first ultrabook, Intel's name for super thin laptops. The Samsung Series 5 will compete against ultrabooks from pretty much every PC vendor you can think of and the Series 9 laptop apparently is the world's thinnest notebook.

Samsung Series 5 ultrabook

Neil Sawyer, head of IT marketing at Samsung said, "Based on in-depth market research and consumer surveys, we propose a new type of ultrabook which will change the perception of ultrabooks among consumers."

"Our findings indicate that consumers demand much more than just a thin and light notebook; they want better performance and user storage on a daily basis, as digital files are becoming larger. The Samsung Series 5 ultrabook will be the first to answer these needs."

The Series 5 ultrabook will come in 13in and 14in models powered by an Intel Core i5 2467M processor clocked at 1.6GHz. The larger of the two will come with an AMD Radeon HD7550M graphics card whilst the smaller model will use integrated graphics.

Samsung said the smaller of the two will measure 14.9mm thick and weigh 1.38kg.

There are different storage options maxing out at 1TB on the 14in model. Most important is that both models will come with a 16GB SSD with Expresscache for extra performance and fast boot.

Samsung's second generation Series 9 notebook has a 14.9mm thick flat aluminium chassis, shaving 1mm from before. It will come with the same processor as the ultrabook and a choice of a 13.3in or 15in screen. Both models will come with a 128GB SSD, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 10 hours of battery life.

"The new Series 9 embodies the originality and heritage of its predecessor, but refines the aerodynamic design to increase performance and functionality," said Sawyer.

On a non-laptop note, the firm also announced an OLED TV to rival LG, which it also claims is the world's largest of its type. In fact, neither firm has come out on top in the size contest yet, as both TVs have 55in screens. µ


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