CES 2013 | Samsung showcases Series 7 Chronos, Series 7 Ultra and new Series 9

Samsung showcases two updated Series 7 notebooks with touchsceen and Radeon HD 8870M graphics options with aluminum chassis and a Series 9 concept

Although the updated Series 7 Chronos and Series 7 Ultra have been known prior to CES 2013, this is the first time Samsung has publicly displayed both notebooks as well as a new Series 9 concept. The Series 7 Chronos (700Z5E) will be even more powerful with upgraded features packaged in a sleek design. The updated Series 7 Ultra (730U3E) will also include updated specs, power, graphics, and controls.

The new Series 7 Chronos packs in more power in a smaller aluminum housing. The 15.6-inch full HD touchscreen display is powered by a high-end Core i7-3635QM and an AMD Radeon HD 8870M GPU with 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM. Samsung boasts resume-from-sleep time of up to 2 seconds and a cold boot time of under 12 seconds.

Technical Specifications Series 7 Chronos (770Z5E):

  • OS: Microsoft Windows 8
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3625QM
  • RAM: Up to 12 GB (4 GB soldered)
  • Storage: HDD, up to 1 TB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 8870M, 2 GByte GDDR5
  • Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 Pixels, optional capacitive 10-point-Multitouch
  • Ports: 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, 3.5 mm combo audio, LAN, 3-in-1 card reader
  • Other: JBL speakers (2x 4 Watt), backlit keyboard
  • Camera: 720p Webcam
  • Battery life: Up to 8 hours
  • Weight: 2.35 kg
  • Dimensions: 376 x 249.9 x 20.9 mm

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Meanwhile, the Series 7 Ultra is the lightweight aluminum Ultrabook with an Intel ULV Core i5 or i7 CPU and graphics options up to a Radeon HD 8570M. The full HD 13.3-inch display will also be available with touchscreen options. Storage is provided by a 256 GB SSD and Samsung claims up to 8 hours of constant use.

Technical Specifications Series 7 Ultra (730U3E):

  • OS: Microsoft Windows 8
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or Core i7
  • RAM: Up to 10 GB
  • Storage: SSD, up to 256 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 8570M, 1 GB DDR3
  • Display: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 Pixels, optional capacitive 10-Point-Multitouch
  • Ports: 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, HDMI, mini-VGA, 3.5 mm combo audio, LAN, 3-in-1 card reader
  • Speakers: JBL speakers (2x 2 Watt), backlit keyboard
  • Camera: 720p Webcam
  • Battery life: Up to 8 hours
  • Weight: 1.46 kg or 1.65 kg for touchscreen model
  • Dimensions: 324 x 224 x 17.5 mm or 324 x 224 x 18.9 mm for touchscreen model

Samsung intends to market the Series 7 as a "Slim & Performance" lineup with the thinness of an Ultrabook but with much more power. Both models, including the touchscreen variants, are expected to launch this February. Samsung also intends to update the Series 7 notebooks as soon as Intel Haswell chips become available.

Alongside the two Series 7 models is an all-white conceptual Series 9 notebook. The high-end range will utilize a unibody design and left an excellent visual impression, but the manufacturer has yet to reveal additional details on the hardware refresh.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler, J. Simon Leitner, Allen Ngo, 2013-01-11 (Update: 2013-01-11)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.