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KOREAN COMPUTER MAKER Samsung has added two notebooks to its Series 7 family of products, including a 13in ultrabook named the Series 7 Ultra and an upgraded Series 7 Chronos laptop with AMD graphics.
The Series 7 Ultra features a full HD 1920x1080 display featuring ten-finger touch capabilities in a "slim and light" full aluminium chassis. Samsung said the Series 7 Ultra's display is brighter and wider than previous models and features a 178-degree viewing angle.
On the inside there's a choice of Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors and up to 256GB of SSD storage, offering eight hours of battery life and a six second boot time.
The device will also be available with 4G LTE connectivity along with three USB ports as well as HDMI, Ethernet, mini-VGA and memory card reader ports.
As for the chunkier but more powerful business focused Series 7 Chronos notebook, it will feature the same full HD touch display supporting 1920x1080 resolution with 300nit brightness in an all-aluminium chassis that measures just 20.9mm thick.
On the inside it will pack a powerful Intel quad-core processor with up to 16GB of memory, dedicated AMD Radeon HD 8870M graphics and up to 1TB of storage. There'll also be an optional backlit keyboard and JBL speakers.
Samsung said the new Series 7 Chronos provides enhanced processing power via AMD's "RAM accelerator" software that provides up to a 150 percent increase in speed for browsing and running apps by taking advantage of existing memory.
With an extended battery life of 11 hours, the Chronos wakes up in two seconds and boots in less than 12 seconds.
Samsung said the new Series 7 Chronos and Ultra products "are just two examples of what you can expect to see from us throughout the year", however it failed to mention how much the devices will set us back when they do launch and when we are likely to see them on shop shelves here in the UK.
There's less than a week before CES, and Samsung is announcing devices left and right days before the show, with the announcement of two new monitors on Wednesday, as well as the Evolution Kit and now these Series 7 notebooks today. It could well be an attempt to steal the limelight from other vendors waiting to announce their products next week. µ
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