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Samsung Series 9 laptop coming to the U.S., priced at $1649

The thin-and-light 13.3-inch notebook makes a quiet debut in the United States

We first reported on the sleek Samsung Series 9 laptop a few months back and again on its release sometime last month in Korea. The impressive slim design certainly got our attention, but no U.S. release was in sight.

Fortunately, Samsung’s official site is now showing U.S. retail locations that currently hold stock and are ready to ship the Series 9 laptop. Many of these online retailers are already out of stock, which is surprising since there has been no press release from Samsung about any official release dates for the laptop here in the states.

The 9 Series is a thin-and-light notebook coming in at just 2.89 pounds and 0.64-inches thick, even thinner and heavier than the current 2.3 pounds and 0.68-inches thick MacBook Air. The chassis is also reportedly quite sturdy as Samsung has outfitted the notebook with what the company calls Duralumin, a material claimed to be twice as strong as aluminum without much added weight. Samsung is betting high on the gorgeous design and robust makeup of the Series 9 as it takes on the MacBook Air head-on in the U.S.

The 13.3-inch Series 9 will include a 1.4GHz Core i5-2537M processor, 4GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000, and a 128GB SSD. Expect to pay around a hefty $1649 as thin-and-light laptops usually don’t come very cheap. Check out Samsung’s overview of the laptop here for more product details and close-up photos.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-03-17 (Update: 2012-05-26)