Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook - 15-inch ultraportable

Intel's OEM partners have been thankfully liberal about how they interpret the terms Ultrabook. Now, even 15-inch laptops can be considered portable. Samsung has launched its Series 9 Ultrabook in the Philippines. This 15-inch laptop weighs in at just under 3.5 pounds. At 0.58 inches thick, it is also slimmer than most other Ultrabooks and the MacBook Air.

Quick specifications:

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) 
15-inch display (1600 x 900)
Intel Core i5-3317U (1.7GHz, 3MB cache) "Ivy Bridge" processor 
Intel HD Graphics 4000
8GB DDR3 memory
1.3-megapixel web cam
802.11 a/b/g/n, LAN, Bluetooth 4.0
micro HDMI port, 
LAN port via dongle 
2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
4-in-1 card reader
8-cell Li-Po battery (up to 10 hours)
Suggested retail price: Php76,900

Samsung has done a lot to make this 15-inch laptop smaller than it sounds. A thin bezel around the display results in this laptop being just 14-inches wide. Just a bit wider than a typical 14-inch laptop. With a SSD on board, it can boot Windows in just under 10 seconds.

A Php76,900 is priced about 4K higher than the top of the line (off-the shelf) 13-inch MacBook Air, but the Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook does come with double the RAM and a higher resolution display.

It comes in matte silver and matter black, the latter being decidedly more corporate looking.

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