Apple gets all the credit for pushing out machines with ultra-high “retina” class display’s, but let’s face it, they didn’t exactly invent it. Samsung is the company pumping out the panel’s en-mass to fill the Apple supply chain, and thanks to the popularity of the technology, we are starting to see the trickle down effect into the PC space. Samsung snuck a new Series 9 prototype into their innovation gallery at this year’s IFA exhibition in Germany, and the 2560 x 1440 matte display is being described by MobileGeeks as nothing short of glorious.
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.
Samsung today added five new models to its Series 9 line of ultra-thin laptops, and no one can accuse the company of bringing a knife to a gun fight. Certainly not Apple, whose MacBook Air is still slinging Intel's Core 2 Duo weaponry, at least until the upcoming refresh. In the meantime, the new Series 9 models roll into the war zone armed with Core i3, i5, and i7 canons, mighty big weapons given their stature.
What's slim, sexy, and can be yours for the night for $1,160? If you answered anything other than Samsung's Series 9 laptop, you're probably thinking of something illegal (except in parts of Nevada). Another advantage to this beauty is that it doesn't charge by the night (or the hour), and after forking over a flat rate, it's yours forever, or until you grow tired of it and fancy yourself a younger model. We're still talking about PCs, right?
You betcha, and this one in particular is an 11.6-inch notebook with a 1366x768 screen resolution. That's a little bit bigger than your standard netbook (at least until Intel relaxes its restrictions starting with the 2012 models), but plenty more powerful.
Apple's Macbook Air has been widely praised for its smart, attractive industrial design. Samsung, not to be outdone, showed off their own super lightweight laptop at CES a few months ago. The Series 9 is a great looking laptop with reasonable specs, and it is on sale now.