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Samsung to unveil new Series 9 laptops with Ivy Bridge in Singapore

The new 13.3-inch and 15-inch Samsung Series 9 with Ivy Bridge will be available in Singapore on June 3, 2012.

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. Figure A

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. Figure B

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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). Figure C

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Figure D shows the 13.3-inch Samsung Series 9 stacked on top of the 15-inch model for comparison. Figure D

Photo by Paul Mah for TechRepublic

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

4 comments
pjboyles
pjboyles

Where is the DisplayPort? *sigh* A USEFUL port for a laptop that can be adapted to work with any current external display. I've been giving this feedback to all vendors that I have evaluated at work for a couple of years now. NO HDMI PORTS! We have nothing for them to plug into. But I have lots of VGA ports, DVI ports and DisplayPort connectors on monitors. Anything for business use should be DisplayPort by now with possibly VGA/DVI. And not DVI-D.

xuninc
xuninc

DisplayPort is in trouble due to HDMI.org's determination than it violates the license to use HDMI technology so DisplayPort to HDMI adapter cables are being recalled. All peripherals these days use HDMI naturally, so why not naturally have an HDMI port on your laptop? It makes sense and takes up almost no room. Even a mini-HDMI port would be sufficient which takes up even less room, a few centimeters... Where are you buying your monitors? You have monitors with VGA (seriously out-dated), DVI (still okay), and DisplayPort connectors but none have HDMI? Either that's your fault for exclusively buying monitors from a company that refuses to include HDMI or you're a little dense for buying something with only a VGA port on it. This isn't 1997 man... And if you're that much of a VGA or DVI fanboy, HDMI to VGA and HDMI to DVI adapters exist, just like DisplayPort to HDMI adapter cables.. Only difference is that the HDMI adapter cables aren't being recalled like the Display Port adapter cables.

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