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Samsung unveils Series 7 notebooks with MacBook cues

updated 11:45 pm EDT, Tue August 30, 2011

Samsung Series 7 gets giant trackpads, aluminum

Samsung as part of events on Tuesday brought a new notebook line to the US. Both take some, though not all, of their cues from Apple's MacBook Pro, including an oversized, 'buttonless' trackpad (here run by Elan and not Synaptics), illuminated chiclet keys, and aluminum across most of the body. Space efficiency is key, Samsung says: a 15.6-inch model can comfortably fit a numeric keypad, while the '13-inch' version has a 14-inch display and uses an extra-thin bezel to fit into the smaller display frame.

All but the entry models also try to address slow notebook load times by carrying 8GB of flash storage that speeds up the boot process. Long-term battery life is now more important for the Korean company, which promises that a 1,500mAh battery will still work at 80 percent of its charge after about 1,500 full charges.

The 13-inch Series 7 is capable of mid-tier performance and carries a dual 2.4GHz Core i5 and AMD Radeon 6450M graphics with live switching. Samsung sees the 15-inch version as a desktop replacement and gives it as much as a quad 2.2GHz Core i7 and Radeon HD 6750M video. Either has two USB 3.0 ports, a legacy USB 2.0 port, HDMI output, Ethernet, and a proprietary video out that can be used for VGA. As much as 8GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive are options.

Samsung is hoping to be competitive with Apple and peers for the money and will start off the Series 7 at $999 for a base 13-inch version with Intel video and no flash storage; prices top out at $1,299. Either notebook will be available in the US on October 2.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. imNat-imadouche

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    I can see

    where Apple draws its inspiration from :)

  1. SockRolid

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    +5

    Race to the bottom

    Wow. And we all thought netbooks were the ultimate race-to-the-bottom machines. Razor thin margins at the low end of the market.

    But no. Now there's a new high-end race-to-the-bottom. "We're going to lose money on these machines, but we're going to look good doing it."

  1. SockRolid

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    +8

    Remember 1996?

    Back then, Macs were really, really expensive. It was easy for Gateway 2000 and Compaq to undercut Apple's pricing, even with that costly Windows tax.

    Fast forward to now. Apple's brilliant supply chain work, largely Tim Cook's doing, gives them component price advantages that few if any of their Wintel competitors can get. Apple's engineering team designs world-class hardware (and manufacturing processes) that nobody can match. The Wintel wannabes are having a hard time matching Apple's margins.

    So what happened to Compaq? Swallowed by HP, then barfed back up just this month. Gateway 2000? Opened 188 Gateway Country Stores across the US, only to close them in 2004. Bought by Acer in 2007, and Acer is losing money. Times change.

  1. Bobfozz

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    high-end race to the bottom...

    so true!

    And why get on imNat... he's only joking. These copycats have to rely on Android or Windows. IF Apple licensed their OS, some of these companies would bail over to Apple in a nano-second. Apple, thank God, will NOT let that happen.

  1. Parky

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    Joined: Oct 1999

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    Copy

    This has more than a few nods to the MacBook Pro - Hinge design, TrackPad, Keyboard, Power Button, Cut out to enable opening the lid, I assume a magnetic catch, cut out for camera. They clearly took a MacBook Pro and used many of the design elements for themselves. Shame on you. I'm becoming less and less interested in Samsung products. I was thinking of getting one of their TVs, But now I'm thinking of looking somewhere else.

  1. BigMac2

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    Battery specs wrong

    A Macbook pro 15inch got a 7000mAh battery, I really doubt a Laptop could only have a 1500mAh battery, same as the iPhone battery.

  1. ASIMO

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    Numeric keypad.

    The one thing that I wish Apple's 15" and 17" would borrow from PC designs.

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