Best picks in CES 2011, Part 6 — Samsung 9 Series Laptop

This year’s CES revealed the many competitions that the MacBook Air has as the premiere netbook. This time, we’ll be featuring Samsung‘s bet, the 9 Series. At 13-inches, same as the competition, it seems that the Korean company has its guns locked on target on that coveted market. Will their formula work? Let’s find out.


Serious competition for the MacBook Air
Samsung 9 Series Laptops

And they mean it. Taking the dimensions alone, with the 9 Series at 2.89 lbs versus the MacBook Air’s 2.9 lbs (yup, 0.01 lbs of difference, now that’s accuracy) and the former being 0.64-inches thin versus the latter’s 0.68-inches — they have a thing when saying “negligible”.
Let’s get out of the sizes and get into the bulk. The 9 Series contains inside a Core i5 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz including Intel’s improved graphics chipset with 4 GB RAM. HDD space arrives at 128GB SSD and is powered by a battery that can run up to 6.5 hours. All in this sleek black finish as totally opposing Apple’s. Samsung plans to release this at a price point of $1600… it’s not cheap.
Samsung introduces new 9 Series Thin and Light Laptop with stunning Superbright Plus display and premium design

All-new Durable Design and Long Battery Life Create Capable Computing for Professionals On-the-Go

LAS VEGAS, NV, January 5, 2011 – Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, today announced the 9 Series, a durable, ultra premium, lightweight laptop computer at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The 13.3-inch 9 Series offers mobile professionals and power users a sophisticated laptop equally suited for work and entertainment. Thanks to a stunning design, Samsung’s hallmark SuperBright Plus display and Intel performance processing power, the notebook ushers in a new era in mobile computing. The 9 Series will be available on display at Central Hall booth #12006, January 6-9, 2011.

“Weighing less than 3 lbs., Samsung has designed the 9 Series to stand out, completely reimagining the notion of the traditional laptop,” said Scott Ledterman, director of mobile PC marketing at Samsung Enterprise Business Division. “When designing a premium laptop like the 9 Series, Samsung wanted to offer an unforgettable experience without limitations. The 9 Series laptop successfully combines elegant styling, performance and ease of use in an ultra thin and lightweight package.”

Unparalleled Styling

The 9 Series is made from material known as Duralumin, typically found in advanced aircrafts and offers construction quality twice as durable as aluminum, all while keeping the laptop weight under 3 lbs. To develop the 9 Series with the use of this new material, Samsung created an exhaustive testing process to ensure that the notebook is not only extremely sturdy, but also constructed with the perfect look and feel for technology savvy users.

The 9 Series’ naturally flowing design takes cues from the sleek styling and sophisticated beauty of a premium sports car. The silhouette evokes thoughts of speed and performance with an ultra-thin 0.64 inch profile. Additionally, the naturally flowing arch maximizes the laptop’s ergonomic appeal, making it easier to use and a natural fit for the human grip.

Ultra Vivid Display

The 13.3-inch 9 Series features a LED-backlit screen, offering users the highest quality visual experience expected from Samsung, thanks to SuperBright Plus display with 400- nit brightness. Digital images and multimedia are brought to life on the 9 Series, assisted by a 100,000:1 contrast ratio and true-to-life color reproduction (16 million colors), enriching the computing experience for end users.

Additionally, the wide 160-degree viewing angle allows users to appreciate breathtaking screen images from a variety of vantages points, making the 9 Series easy to use whether in a user’s lap, on a desk or shared in a communal space. The laptop’s ambient light sensor adjusts the display brightness based on surrounding lighting conditions and reduces user eye strain. This innovative feature is complemented by an automatically adjusting backlit keyboard that adapts to darker light conditions with greater illumination.

Innovation Inside

The 9 Series integrates the second generation Intel® CoreTM i5 processor, affording users the latest in performance computer technology. Intel HD graphics, combined with the new processor, deliver crystal-clear visuals, vibrant colors and smooth high-definition (HD) video and audio playback.

Ensuring users are ready anytime anywhere, the 9 Series makes use of Samsung’s new power-efficient lithium polymer batteries, and achieves up to 6.5 hours of battery life on average. Lithium polymer batteries extend the life of the product with double the lifespan for up to three years or 1,000 charging cycles. Additionally, various charging settings, like a “Battery Life Extender Mode” and “Express Charging Mode” empower users with options to get the most from their experience.

Signature Samsung Technology

Samsung’s Support Center ensures all content stays safe and can help troubleshoot any particular problem. Accessible with a keyboard shortcut, the Support Center helps users manage their system settings or arrange for a tech-support web chat. Samsung’s Back-up & Recovery Solution also allows users to create and restore back-ups of system data on the device, or on a network or removable storage device.

Lastly, focusing on convenience and connectivity, the new 9 Series boasts USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0, built-in WiMax[i] and utilizes the latest in Wi-Fi and USB Sleep & Charge technologies.

The Samsung 9 Series is scheduled to be available in February 2011, starting at $1,599. All Samsung mobile PC products are available through Samsung resellers and distribution channels, which can be located by calling 1-800-SAMSUNG or by visiting www.samsung.com.

Key Specs:

· CPU: Second Generation Intel® CoreTM i5 Processor 2537M (1.40 GHz, 3MB; turbo up to 2.3 GHz)

· Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 bit) / Windows® 7 Professional (64 bit)

· Memory: 4GB DDR3

· Storage (max): 128GB Solid State Drive (SSD)

· Screen: 13.3-inch HD LED-backlit SuperBright Plus display (400 nit)

· Resolution: 1366×768

· Graphics: Intel HD GT2 Integrated Graphics

· Speakers: 3 watt (1.5W x 2) stereo speakers and 1.5 watt sub-woofer

· Battery: Lithium Polymer; up to 6.5 hours

· Wireless: 802.11b/g/n; WiMaxi

· Weight: 2.89 lbs.

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