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Cracking Open the Samsung Series 9 ultraportable notebook

Samsung Series 9 (Model: 900X3A) teardown

At CES 2011, Samsung revealed its answer to the Apple MacBook Air--the Series 9 notebook. This ultraportable laptop has some impressive hardware (Intel Core i5 CPU, 128GB SSD, and 4GB of RAM), but it also has an impressive price tag.

Samsung sent TechRepublic a 13" Series 9 to test, and I just couldn't resist taking it apart. I'm glad I did. Unlike the MacBook Air, the Series 9's case is easy to open, you can upgrade the RAM, and it uses standard Phillips screws. Follow along as I crack open the ultrathin Samsung Series 9 laptop.

Check out the TR Dojo blog, for my observations about the Series 9 and our teardown process.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

8 comments
Okami2013
Okami2013

"Yes you can change the SSD" Is that for the 9003X (13.3") or the 9004X (15") ?

ashildf
ashildf

Is it possible to change the 128 GB ssd to a 256 GB ssd (or even 512 GB, which Samsung has out now?) in the series 9? I am about to decide about a new laptop, with ssd disk, but I cannot go below 256 GB.

mailman2
mailman2

Could you disassemble stylus as well? cell phone lookup

mf001
mf001

..., Bill, under the cooling system?

erictep
erictep

The sdd is in the msata format but I am not sure if it is Sata II or Sata III.

nwallette
nwallette

Conducts heat between the chips and the heat pipe.

waukena
waukena

Without breaking the rest of it.