Samsung unveils Series 7 notebooks with ExpressCache

By on August 31, 2011, 10:22 AM

Samsung has announced a new range of laptops today that is meant to fit somewhere between the existing Series 3 and Series 9 lines in terms of pricing. The new Series 7 Chronos starts at $999 for a 15.6-inch model packing Intel's 2.20GHz quad-core Core i7-2675QM processor and discrete Radeon HD 6750M graphics, while a 14-inch version brings it down a notch to a dual-core Core i5-2430M processor and a 6490M graphics chip.

In both cases Samsung uses what it calls 'MAX screen' technology to achieve thinner than usual bezels. As a result, the 15.6-inch model's display is said to fit in a 14-inch body while the 14-inch laptop was built into what would normally be closer to a 13-inch chassis. Their aluminum bodies look sleek, though theyr're not as thin as the Series 9.

Samsung is also introducing what it's calling ExpressCache technology on some models, which provides 8GB of flash memory on the motherboard for faster start-up as well as increased overall performance. Like Intel's Smart Response Technology on Z68 motherboards, you can't manually select what to store in this drive, but rather it automatically places your frequently used files and programs on the SSD so it can open them faster.

Other features include a 1600 x 900-resolution, 300-nit display, backlit keyboard, HDMI, two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0, eight hours of battery life, plus a multi-card slot that can handle SD, SDHC, SDXC and MMC cards. The new Series 7 notebooks will reportedly be available in October, priced between $999 and $1,299 depending on the configuration.




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Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

So in other words my DV6 is already 'outdated' just two months after I purchased it (mainly because of that 8 GB cache)?

Raswan Raswan said:

Good to see usb 3 becoming the norm

Guest said:

Archean,

Z68 ssd-cache is still FAR inferior to a proper SSD. It's only $100 for a 60GB SSD. So your laptop is hardly "obsolete." Also, I would define obsolescence as no longer adequate to meet YOUR unique needs: (1) portability (2) office work (3) games (4) movies (5) Internet, etc. Until the point when your laptop is no longer usable for you, it's not obsolete :)

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Yes I know that, but it is still bit better than the traditional mechanical HDD, and yes it still does all what you said and more when I ask it to do so

Guest said:

Nice notebooks... Samsung computers tend to have excellent reliability, especially since they make practically every component in-house instead of outsourcing to the lowest bidder.

Jibberish18 said:

Archean said:

So in other words my DV6 is already 'outdated' just two months after I purchased it (mainly because of that 8 GB cache)?

Sucker!

Heh. Actually just go purchase a small SSD and blow that thing out of the water.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The thought had occurred to me as well Jib, but I haven't checked that whether I can pull out the DVD and slap a SSD in its place.

Guest said:

Makes me wihs i had waited before buying my vaio S

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