The new Samsung Series 9 laptop series will be available in Singapore on June 3, 2012. I wrote about the “2012″ Samsung Series 9 laptop that has incorporated a second-generation Sandy Bridge processor from Intel in March, and I finally had the opportunity to handle it at a media event last week. Probably the most important fact is that the new Samsung Series 9 will come with new Ivy Bridge microprocessors, though the company was tight-lipped about processor specifications, citing an embargo from Intel.
There are two models of the Samsung Series 9: a 13.3-inch and a 15-inch. The body of the former is aluminum, while the latter is available in aluminum and a more affordable magnesium chassis. At 12.9mm, the depth of the 13.3-inch Samsung Series 9 (Figure A) is even thinner than the Sony Z or the MacBook Air. The laptop felt rigid in my hands, including the display panel. The battery life of the 13.3-inch Samsung Series 9 wasn’t published; however, I was verbally told that it clocks in at 7 hours. Samsung says that the 15-inch Series 9 is the world’s thinnest and most compact 15-inch laptop.
The new 13.3-inch Samsung Series 9 (Photo by Paul Mah for TechRepublic)
Both laptops have thin bezels, thanks to Samsung’s MaxScreen technology. The use of solid-state drive (SSD) and Samsung Fast Solutions allow the laptops to boot up in a mere 9.8 seconds, and wake-up from Sleep mode in just 1.4-seconds.
I spoke with Yvonne Teo, a product marketing manager under the IT Business division, and I found out that Samsung is positioning the new Samsung Series 9 at the consumer market as well as at business executives. This may explain the presence of a Gigabit Ethernet port, the requisite dongle none withstanding. I was somewhat disappointed that there was no mention of a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) or a fingerprint scanner, both of which would come in handy on the security front.
You can see additional information about the specifications in Figure B. The models that will eventually be released in the United States may differ slightly in their memory or processor configurations.
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The 13-inch Samsung Series 9 will be priced at SG$2,188 (US$1,714), while the 15-inch model will cost $2,488 (US$1,949) and $1,788 (US$1,400) for the aluminum and magnesium model, respectively.
Figure C shows the left view of the 13.3-inch Samsung Series 9 with the DC socket, SuperSpeed USB port, micro HDMI port, and Gigabit Ethernet network port (requires dongle).
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Figure D shows the 13.3-inch Samsung Series 9 stacked on top of the 15-inch model for comparison.