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CES: Samsung pushes forwards with Series 5

by Steven Mostyn - Jan 12 2012, 16:17

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Following on from last year’s muscular Series 9 notebook—which didn’t exactly fly off shelves due to its hefty $1,650 USD asking price—Samsung is hoping to draw more attention via the improved accessibility of its Series 5 offerings.

Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and available in 13-inch and 14-inch variants, the Series 5 Ultrabook balances true portability and a svelte profile (1.49 cm) with some genuinely impressive specs.

For example, both models come with Intel’s 1.6GHz Core i5 processor (2467M), and the larger slab of hardware even pushes AMD Radeon HD7550M graphics with 1GB of video RAM. The smaller model relies on an integrated graphics solution.

Data storage sizes for the Series 5 reach as high as 1TB on the 14-inch model, while the 13-inch tops out at 500GBs. However, both come with 16GBs of built-in SSD ExpressCache for enhanced performance and promised boot times of just 20 seconds.

It’s also worth noting that the 14-inch Series 5 separates itself from the majority of other current Ultrabook systems due to having room for the addition of an optional optical drive.

And pricing? Well, it’s certainly an improvement over the Series 9. When the Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook arrives at retail later in 2012, the 13-inch model will start at $899 USD, and the 14-inch at $1,099 USD.

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