Ultrabooks are everywhere, now it’s Samsung’s turn to show off two of its brand new slim devices – the 13” and 14” Series 5 Ultrabooks. Both the 13- and 14-inch ultrabooks are packed with Core i5 processors, 4GB of RAM, 8 hours of battery life and Intel integrated graphics. As for the display, it will retain its matte 300-nit display found in the Series 5 Chromebook. Both will come with 500GB 5,400RPM drive with 16GB of express cache, but the 13” version will give you the option to switch to a 128GB SSD.
At a glance, both these ultrabooks actually look quite fat; they even weigh rather heavy compared to its competitors but that’s because there are more ports and even an optical drive. The 14” model weighs 1.8kg and the 13” model weighs 1.6kg but both are packed with Ethernet, HDMI, USB3.0, 2 USB 2.0 ports and an SD slot. The 14” adds an optical drive, VGA output and a larger memory card reader.
“The Series 5 Ultra was designed to meet consumer demands for a thin and light laptop that offers advanced computing power and ample storage, while still remaining affordable. We’re confident that consumers will truly be impressed with the product’s design and performance, as well as the fact that we are one of the first companies to release an Ultrabook with an optical drive, which brings a new level of productivity and entertainment capabilities to the category.” – Todd Bouman, Vice President of Product Marketing, Samsung Electronics America.
Both the devices are expected to be available by end of this month; the 13″ version will retail from USD$899 while the 14″ version is expected to cost USD$949.