They may look as slim as ultrabooks, they may have features similar to ultrabooks but these two new Series 9 notebooks from Samsung are not ultrabooks. Announced not too long ago at CES, here’s a redesigned 13” Series 9 notebook from Samsung and a brand new 15” that will be launched by end of next month, carrying a price tag of USD$1,399 and USD$1,499-plus respectively.
From the images, they may look as slim as a typical ultrabooks but the company isn’t going to position these premium machines as one though, they also pack a specifications very similar to an ultrabook under the hood – Core i5 processors, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, 6 hours of battery life, backlit keyboards and weigh as light as a mere 1.13kg.
“When designing the new Series 9, we focused on improving key elements that our customers loved in the original award winning Series 9, including the sophisticated, lightweight design. Our engineers worked very hard to develop the amazingly thin form factor and one of the most compact chassis in the world, which allowed us to house a 15-inch display in a 14-inch chassis. We also made changes to the new model based on customer feedback, such as the inclusion of a 1600×900 high resolution screen, to truly make this a top-of-the line, irresistible laptop that represents the ultimate in Samsung precision engineering and premium design.” — Todd Bouman, vice president of product marketing at Samsung Enterprise Business Division
Other notable features includes a slim profile of 1.27cm, the thinnest chassis ever that houses a larger display, a SuperBright Plus LCD display with 400nit, Samsung’s Fast Solutions technology that allows the Series 9 to boot up in less than 10 seconds, and the company’s Easy Settings that makes it effortless to connect to Wi-Fi, projects and more.
Press release about the Series 9 available right after the break.
SAMSUNG RELEASES NEXT GENERATION SERIES 9 LAPTOP FEATURING AN ULTRASLIM, ALUMINUM SINGLE SHELL BODY
Craftsmanship and Usability take center stage as the new Series 9 debuts
LAS VEGAS, January 9, 2012 – Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, today announced the second generation Samsung Series 9 notebook at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Following the former model’s premier at the CES 2011, the new Series 9 represents Samsung’s best-in-class innovation and craftsmanship in the premium notebook segment.
Featuring one of the thinnest, lightest laptop form factors ever introduced, the Series 9 is designed to turn heads everywhere. Its unique design and innovative engineering breaks all common perceptions of premium notebook PCs. Super-slim components were tailor-made to fit into the innovative single shell body, making the second generation Series 9 an ideal choice for power business users and discerning consumers alike. The second generation Series 9 will be on display at the Samsung CES booth, #12004 in Central Hall, from January 10-13, 2012.
“When designing the new Series 9, we focused on improving key elements that our customers loved in the original award winning Series 9, including the sophisticated, lightweight design,” said Todd Bouman, vice president of product marketing at Samsung Enterprise Business Division. “Our engineers worked very hard to develop the amazingly thin form factor and one of the most compact chassis in the world, which allowed us to house a 15-inch display in a 14-inch chassis. We also made changes to the new model based on customer feedback, such as the inclusion of a 1600×900 high resolution screen, to truly make this a top-of-the line, irresistible laptop that represents the ultimate in Samsung precision engineering and premium design.”
Weighing as light as 2.5 pounds and measuring just a half inch thin, the second generation Samsung Series 9 can be effortlessly carried anywhere. Artfully crafted by Samsung’s team with over 33,000 hours in research, design and development, the end result is a laptop that is 37 percent thinner and 0.4 pounds lighter than the original Series 9, as well as more visually striking. The build is nearly seamless, using an aluminum single shell body and featuring a more pronounced Series 9 hallmark polished edge. Key components such as the LCD panel, keyboard, motherboard, cables, fans and battery have been customized with precision to fit into the Series 9’s extra flat single shell body. Additionally, the Series 9 has been sand-blasted for fingerprint resistance, keeping the Mineral Ash Black colored body and natural matte aluminum sides pristine at all times.
Unrivaled Screen Quality
The second generation Series 9 display is astonishingly thin thanks to Samsung’s engineers, who carefully thinned the layers of the LCD screen without sacrificing quality. Featuring 1600×900 resolution and Samsung’s SuperBright Plus technology (400 nit), the 13.3-inch or 15-inch screen is perfect for viewing everything from photos and movies to work documents. The display is housed in one of the thinnest and most compact chassis ever, enabling Samsung to fit a 15-inch screen in a 14-inch chassis, reducing the product’s overall size. The wide viewing angle and matte nature of the display makes for easy use both inside and out, while the backlit keyboard lets you remain productive even in low lighting.
A Larger Screen Size Option
For the first time, the new Samsung Series 9 will offer the world’s thinnest and most compact 15-inch premium notebook. The Series 9 15-inch features a vivid SuperBright Plus display that fits into a compact 14-inch chassis. With a stunningly slim profile measuring just 0.58 inches and weighing just 3.5 lbs, makes this 15-inch Series 9 almost 50 percent more compact than any existing 15-inch thin & light notebooks.
Cutting Edge Performance and Signature Samsung Technology
For powerful performance on-the-go, the second generation Samsung Series 9 will include a 128 GB SSD and Intel® Core™ i5-2467M processor at launch. Accessible connectivity was also highlights major improvements, moving everything to the corners without any impedance; users can easily access video, audio and data connectivity including USB 3.0 and a multi-card reader.
Thanks to Samsung’s Fast Solutions technology, the new Series 9 boots in as little as 9.8 seconds and wakes up in 1.4 seconds and offers web browsing speeds that are up to twice as fast.
Perfect for road warriors, Samsung’s exclusive Easy Settings make it effortless to connect the Series 9 to wireless networks, projectors and more by providing easy access to commonly used PC settings, resulting in stress-free business travel and presentations. With Samsung Easy Migration, users can seamlessly transfer existing files to the new laptop by connecting their old PC to the new one and simply launching and starting Easy Migration.
For ultimate mobility, the Series 9 offers up to ten hours of real-time battery life for the 15-inch and up to seven hours on the 13.3-inch, keeping users connected to both their professional and personal lives all day. Additionally, the inclusion of Samsung Battery Life Plus technology means that the battery will retain 80 percent of its original capacity for up to 1,500 charges – giving users a battery that can last up to five times longer than other notebooks and works whenever and wherever they need it, even after three years of use.
Samsung’s Support Center ensures all content stays safe and can help troubleshoot any particular problem. Accessible with a keyboard shortcut, the Support Center helps users manage their system settings or arrange for a tech-support web chat. Samsung’s Back-up & Recovery Solution also allows users to create and restore back-ups of system data on the device, or on a network or removable storage device.
The second generation Samsung Series 9 will be available starting February 27, 2012. It will retail for $1,399.99 for the 13.3-inch and $1,499.99 for the 15-inch. All Samsung mobile PC products are available through Samsung resellers and distribution channels. For a full list of retailers, call 1-800-SAMSUNG or visit www.samsung.com.
Full details, video content and product images are available at the Samsung microsite at: http://www.samsungces.com.