Samsung intros five more Series 9 ultraportable laptops

By on July 1, 2011, 6:18 PM

Following up on a "very positive reception" to its initial Series 9 notebooks, Samsung has expanded the ultraportable line with five more models. Unveiled ahead of the back-to-school season, the new additions include three 13.3-inch and two 11-inch models spanning in price from $1,049 to $2,049. Like the original Series 9 systems, the latest iterations emphasize extreme mobility while remaining quick enough for heavy work sessions. We've slapped the core specs of each system in a table below:

Model Size Processor Memory Storage Price
NP900X1B-A02US 11" Intel Core i3-2357M 2GB DDR3  64GB SSD $1,049
NP900X1B-A01US 11" Intel Core i3-2357M 4GB DDR3  128GB SSD $1,249
NP900X3A-B01US 13.3" Intel Core i5-2467M 4GB DDR3  128GB SSD $1,349
NP900X3A-B02US 13.3" Intel Core i5-2467M 4GB DDR3  128GB SSD $1,649
NP900X3A-A05US 13.3" Intel Core i7-2617M 6GB DDR3  256GB SSD $2,049

All five models sport an LED-backlit 1366x768 "SuperBright" display, a spiffy duralumin chassis, Windows 7 Home Premium and get seven hours of battery life. Samsung didn't offer a full rundown on connectivity, but the systems have at least one USB 3.0 port that can charge devices while the laptop is off. Samsung also ships the Series 9 with its FastStart technology, which allows the notebooks to wake from sleep in three seconds flat. The 13.3-inchers measure 0.62 inches thick and weigh 2.89lbs.

The new Series 9 models are expected to reach electronics retailers over the next month. During that same timeframe, Apple is expected to refresh is popular MacBook Air. According to scattered reports, the revamped ultraportable will emerge sometime in the middle of July and will finally shed Intel's dated Core 2 Duo processors in favor of the second-generation Core i3, i5 and i7 chips (aka Sandy Bridge). Most folks are also convinced that the new Macbook Air will have Thunderbolt connectivity.

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Guest said:

These poop on anything apple has to offer, design wise, feature wise and speed wise.

NZvista said:

Guest said:

These poop on anything apple has to offer, design wise, feature wise and speed wise.

Doesn't anything?

Guest said:

Samsung is lookin' good!

pcnthuziast said:

Man I'd love to have that top of the line model with the 256gb ssd. Anyone got 2 grand I can borrow? lol :P

matrix86 matrix86 said:

I was about to get upset over the price, but then I realized they use SSDs instead of HDDs, and now I understand, lol. They look very nice, though...too bad i'll never be able to afford one :-(

Guest said:

If these are sold in the UK for the equivalent in GBP (around £650 for the cheapest model) rather than an inflated price, I'd be very tempted to get one of the 11 inch versions.

My first laptop was 14 inches, very thick, heavy, overheated constantly and cost £1400/$2250, and that was considered a fairly modest, almost budget laptop at the time.

Guest said:

Nice NBs!, but Why only Intel CPUs??... If Samsung offer a AMD APU A8 option, that will be the NB of my dreams.

Guest said:

I wonder why none of the big electronics firms can beat Apple in price and features. The new Macbook Airs are out and the lowest-end Apple model costs less than the lowest end Series 9 model and packs more features (i5 vs i3, for example).

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