Samsung has unveiled the updated version of its impressive Series 9 notebook and a new Series 5 ultrabook range.
The new Series 9 drops the plates-of-aluminium-stuck-to-a-plastic-chassis look of the previous version and instead employs a beautiful sandblasted unibody aluminium chassis that's even thinner than its predecessor. Specifically, the 13in version is just 12.9mm at its thickest while the 14in model is just 14.9mm. Currently there's no word of an 11in version, as with the previous Series 9 range.
Using what Samsung calls its MaxScreen technology, the company has managed to fit a 15in inch screen into a conventional 14in chassis, and likewise a 14in panel in the 13in model. Also, the screen on the original Series 9 was exceptional but Samsung reckons it has cranked things up a notch with 180% increase in brightness and 160 degree viewing angle. It also has a whopping 1,600 x 900 resolution and a matte finish!
A backlit keyboard is onboard, along with a glass touchpad, while internally you get 2nd gen Intel Core i5/i7 processors, 4GB/8GB memory, 128GB or 256GB SSDs and resultant boot up time of 9.8 seconds and recovery from standby of 1.4 seconds. The 14in version even has battery life of 10 hours, though there's no official word on the 13in battery life. There's no official UK pricing yet but US pricing is set at $1,399 for the 13in model and $1,499 for the 14in.
Also announced was Samsung's first official ultrabook (we haven't yet determined exactly why the new Series 9 isn't an ultrabook, except it seems too expensive), the Series 5.
Available in 13in and 14in models, it breaks the ultrabook mould somewhat by having hard drive storage (1TB of 500GB), though the drives do have 16GB of flash for fast boot and program launch performance.
They also pack in discrete AMD Radeon graphics for higher level gaming performance, as well as extensive connectivity. Yup, all told we're a bit confused about these two laptop ranges and their designation as ultrabooks or not. We'll be hands on shortly, though, to set the record straight.