Samsung Announces Series 5 Ultrabooks and New Series 9 Laptops

Katherine Stevenson

Add Samsung to the multitude of vendors announcing new Ultrabook models at CES this year. The company is entering the category with the Series 5 Ultra family, consisting of both a 13.3- and 14-inch model. The design of these thin, stylish portables is clearly influenced by the Series 9 laptop, which itself has undergone an update.

The 13.3-inch Series 5 Ultra weighs 3.24 pounds. It comes with a 1.6GHz Core i5 2467M, 4GB of RAM, and either a 500GB HDD or 128GB SSD. Its matte screen has a 1366x768 resolution. The laptop offers one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, full-size HDMI, an Ethernet port, and a 4-in-1 media reader. It’s $900 with the HDD; $1,100 with the SSD.

The 14-inch Series 5 Ultra sports a 1.6GHz Core i5 2467M, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB HDD. Notably, it’s the first so-called Ultrabook to feature an optical drive. Nevertheless, it rings in at less than four pounds—3.94 pounds, to be exact. Like the 13.3-inch model, its matte screen is 1366x768. Its port selection, however, differs slightly, consisting of full-size HDMI, VGA, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, and Ethernet port, and a 4-in-1 media reader. It’s priced at $950.

Step up to a higher class of thin-and-light, and you get Samsung’s Series 9 family—in both 13.3-inch and 15-inch sizes. The new Series 9 models are every bit as stylish and sophisticated as the originals that turned heads last year, but feature some subtle changes. For one thing, they’re a bit thinner and lighter. Weighing 2.5 pounds and 3.5 pounds, respectively, the new Series 9 are just .5 inches at their thickest. They full-aluminum unibody construction, 1600x900 screens, backlit keyboards. The 13.3 inch model features a 1.6GHz Core i5 2467M with 4GB of DDR3 and a 128GB SSD. The 15-inch model has the same proc and SSD, but 8GB of DDR3. The price for the 13.3-inch model is $1,400; the 15-inch model is $1,500.

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