Samsung to launch new ultra-thin 9 Series laptop in Korea and Europe

The notebook now available in South Korea, but for a hefty price

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First revealed at CES this year, the 9 Series laptop from Samsung caught a lot of eyes with its extremely thin profile. At just 2.89 pounds and 0.64-inches thick, the 13.3-inch laptop is even thinner and beefier than the current 2.3 pounds and 0.68-inches MacBook Air. As such, the laptop will be competing directly against Apple in the ultra thin-and-light department. Unfortunately for Samsung, Apple has yet to announce its new MacBook Air refresh for the year, so there is still more to come from the competition.

Specifications of the 9 Series will include a 1.4GHz Core i5 2537M processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive and a 1366x768 resolution display with Intel HD Graphics. Connectivity options include USB 3.0 as well as 2.0, HDMI, microSD reader and the usual WiFI and Bluetooth. Battery life, according to the Samsung press release from CES, should last up to 6.5 hours.

Samsung, however, should take caution in the lucrative ultra thin-and-light laptop category. Earlier this month, Dell discontinued the Adamo series, its own thin-and-light notebook line, due to intense pressure and competition from the MacBook Air.

The Series 9 is now on sale in South Korea for around $2020 with an expected March release for European markets. The high price may be off-putting for some, but ultra thin-and-light laptops are usually sold at premiums on launch. Unfortunately, plans for a US release were not mentioned.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-02-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)
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.