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Samsung intros 9-Series notebook to rival MacBook Air

updated 05:55 pm EST, Wed January 5, 2011

Notebook features aluminum housing,

Samsung has introduced a new notebook, the 9 Series, with a feature set that competes directly with other small notebooks such as the MacBook Air. The device integrates a 13.3-inch display with LED backlighting, a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, and 400-nit brightness. An ambient light sensor automatically adjusts display brightness and keyboard backlighting.

The 9 Series offers a profile slightly thinner than the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air, with a housing measuring just 0.62-inches thick. The frame and housing is built from an aluminum alloy, helping to keep the weight under three pounds.

The notebook is powered by Intel's second-generation 1.4GHz Core i5 processor, while the lithium-polymer battery is claimed to last for an average of 6.5 hours. The company suggests its new battery design offers a significant jump in lifespan, reaching 1,000 charging cycles or three years.

The 9 Series is scheduled to ship in February for $1,599. The basic configuration offers 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 128GB SSD, while a WiMAX modem is optional.



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  1. global.philosopher

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    Samsung should just to be bought by Apple

    ...since that is where they are taking all their queues from.

  1. chippie

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    Apple Can't Afford Samsung........No, Really

    The notebook looks AWESOME and sexier than any notebook apple has ever produced. Not to mention the use of more advanced material. This design is simply better than anything apple has to offer. Samsung should use this design in every notebook size!

  1. chas_m

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    Hang on ...

    So for an extra $300, I get an admittedly nice black design, slightly thinner, poorer battery, slightly better processor ... and Windows.

    Pass.

    Nice try, though ...

  1. slboett

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    @ chippie...

    LMAO. Really? You guys are desperate for anything remotely good if you are drooling over this. Still looks like an oversized PC to me.
    Hold off a few weeks, they'll be on sale...

  1. Salty

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    Looks nice

    Looks nice, too bad it runs Windows... wonder how easily you could hackintosh it.

  1. chippie

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    @chas_m

    You get 2GB more memory, USB 3.0, bluetooth 3.0 and a backlit keyboard in addition to the things you mentioned. And it will be hackintoshed.

  1. ljmac

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    Wow!

    A decent looking PC notebook! A shame they just couldn't resist spoiling it with the Samsung logo on the lid. Still, it beats Apple's current two tone obsession - give me all sliver or all black, not a tacky combination of both.

    For all the people drooling over the 'superior' processor, don't forget this means Intel's lame integrated graphics, which is why Apple didn't use them in the Air.

  1. Salty

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    Dude, this processor wasn't available when the Airs got revamped, you can bet that something like it will be in the next one. Everything I've heard suggests that Sandybridge's integrated graphics are about as good as Nvidea's AND the processor is worlds better than the Core2 Duo in the current Airs. Do you think the Air isn't going to be upgraded? I just hope they do the upgrades to the whole line as soon as they can get enough of the Sandybridge processors.

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