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Samung 900X1A Unveiled As 11in Ultra-Thin Laptop

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Samsung 900X1A Unveiled As 11in Ultra-Thin Laptop

Remember we brought you news last week of the Samsung Series 9 super-svelte 13.3in, duralumin-encased ZX310 laptop shipping in the States, well get ready to meet its even smaller brother, the 11.6in 900X1A.

The 11.6in display on the 900X-1A comes with a resolution of 1366 x 768 and is encased in the same black duralumin as the ZX310. It will come with the Intel Core-i3 processor, 2GB of RAM, a whopping 128GB SSD (the same as its older brother), a backlit keyboard and Windows Home Premium pre-installed. Connectivity-wise the 11in model has all the ports hidden behind sliding panels on either side, containing two USB ports (1 x 2.0, 1 x 3.0), a microSD card slot and a HDMI port.

While we still await European pricing for the larger model, the 11in laptop will go on sale next month at a price of €1,200 (£1,050) which is around £350 less than what we believe the price of the 13in model will be. The 11in Macbook Air which was released just before Christmas retails for about £850 making it considerably cheaper – though that only gets you 64GB of storage, rising to £999 for the 128GB model.

We await official UK pricing for both models and official release dates, but we are currently awaiting delivery of the 13in model in the office to carry out a full review (the first in the UK) and will let you know our thoughts as soon as possible.

Source: Notebook Italia via Engadget

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March 22, 2011, 5:19 pm

Re the 11" Air it's not really a fair comparison as your £850 odd quid only gets you a positively ancient Core 2 Duo and no backlit keyboard. I was actually tempted to get one but for that price I want at least an i3.

That's not to say this isn't also overpriced, but at least you're not getting parts from Intel's clearance bins.

That aside I like the direction that these laptops are heading in. 11.6" is perfect for me and my next laptop has to have an SSD. The price just needs to start getting more reasonable asap.


March 22, 2011, 5:48 pm

I am certainly interested in the 13" model. It was one of the highlights from Vegas. Once the Sandy Bridge laptops are out again in full force then I'll make my decision whether to go for something stunning and light like this or buy something more bulky for the extra power.

I need to use the laptop for all the usual activities, but also need it to be capable of playing games (especially WoW) at full framerate in it's native resolution (perfectly acceptable to have all the graphical extras turned right down). Unfortunately the later is very hard to test without having access to one and reviews never show WoW stats even though it's one of the biggest computer games out there; instead prefering to show stats from games that far less people actually play.

I'm guessing this will be very good for all my basic needs, but whether it's capable of running WoW at 50 / 60 fps is another matter entirely.

The other laptop I'm keen to see is the new HP-DV6. Bigger screen, better graphics card, but no SSD and less portable. I will of course be watching TR closely for all laptop reviews in the coming weeks.

Brian ONeill

March 22, 2011, 6:48 pm

Lovely looking machine but crazy expensive. I too am looking to upgrade my laptop this year. Dell have a new lightweight laptop out next month, so it will be interesting to see what it's like. At this rate i might just stick an ssd in my old xps m1330.


March 24, 2011, 6:01 pm

@AJ - There are plenty of reviews about showing WoW performance on Sandy Bridge. Easy reference here:
AFAIK the laptop i3/5/7 GPUs all use the full-bodied version of the integrated graphics, so performance will be within the same ballpark as that review. So yes, this laptop should run WoW. :)

I think the reason WoW is frequently left out is due to it being a poor performance differentiator. You can run it acceptably on pretty much anything if you're prepared to sacrifice some detail. Better to test games that stress the graphics chip as you can then safely extrapolate WoW performance from there, whereas the inverse is untrue.

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