The svelte 13in MacBook Air-killer from Samsung which we saw at CES in January is finally shipping today – in the US at least – but comes with a premium price to match it premium feel.
The Samsung Series 9 laptop wowed onlookers in Las Vegas earlier this year with its body built from duralumin, which is a super-tough aluminum alloy. However as it goes on sale today, it will cost $1,649 (£1,027), which is $50 more than the equivalent MacBook Air. However at CES we were told the MRSP for the Series 9 laptop would be £1,399 when it does eventually ship in the UK, which is a whopping £300 more than the Air cost here in the UK.
While customers had hoped the pricing of the Samsung notebook would have come down, it appears as if this won’t happen. So what is all that money going on? Well for your hard earned money, the Series 9 13.3in notebook has a 1,366x768-pixel resolution display, Core i5-2537M processor, 128GB SSD, 4GB of RAM, and Windows 7 Home Premium ($50 more will get you Windows Professional). It has two USB (1x2.0, 1x3.0), HDMI, headphone/microphone, Ethernet, and even microSD included in fold out flaps. While the specs are impressive, it seems as if you are paying a high premium for the looks more than anything else, however we’ll reserve full judgement until we get a proper look at one ourselves.
The Series 9, again like the MacBook Air, will come in an 11in model, though pricing for this has yet to be released. When it does arrive in mid-April, it will ship with an older Core i3-380UM processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 64GB SSD. While pricing for this model should be more competitive, we are not holding our breaths.
We are waiting to hear back from Samsung regarding release dates for the Series 9 models in the UK and final official pricing so check back soon as we’ll keep you updated.