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Samsung updates Series 9 notebooks

5 new models should be all available in time for the back-to-school season

Apple still hasn’t announced their 2011 MacBook Air refresh, but Samsung isn’t hanging back and waiting. Although the Series 9 ultra-thin notebooks only made their debut around 4 months ago, the Korean company is already rolling out an updated version of the laptops.

The new models announced by Samsung include updates to the 13.3” models (currently available) and upgrades to the 11.6” model that will be coming sometime in August. All of the Series 9 laptops come with a duraluminum finish, Integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics and FastStart Technology (3 second fast boot). The only real difference between the models is the size and power of their SSDs and Sandy Bridge processors.

11.6” NP900X1B Series 9:

In addition, to lowering the price of the launch model of the 11.6” Series 9 by $100, Samsung is also introducing a more powerful version of the ultra-portable. The weaker and original A02US is now $1,049 and comes with the same Core i3-2357M CPU2GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. However, now a $200 addition can double the amount of RAM and storage via the new A01US model.

13.3” NP900X3A Series 9:

Similar to the 11.6” notebook, Samsung also lowered the price of the launch version of their 13.3" offering, but announced two new additions to the family as well.With a $200 lower price tag, the B01US Series 9 is now $1,349 and comes with  a Core i5-2467M processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. On the other hand, if you need more space for your files, then $300 more will get you the B02US with a 256GB SSD. Finally, the highest end edition of the Series 9 is the A05US, which breaks the bank at $2,049. The laptop comes with a Core i7-2617M CPU, 6GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.


When the Series 9 first launched, they didn’t offer much variety and their price was a bit of a knock when compared to the MacBook Air. However, Samsung seems to have realized this and is looking to rectify the issue with their new range of updates and prices.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-07- 3 (Update: 2012-05-26)