CES 2012 and the participating companies brought us as many new ultrabooks and thin computers as anyone could ever wish for. What is that? You haven’t had enough? Well then, here’s Samsung and their Series 5. Let’s see what there is to know about it. Why? It just entered pre-order phase.
Samsung’s Series 5 Ultrabook fits right in with the latest batch of ultrabooks. Slim, light and comes with a healthy dose of Intel technology inside. For starters the 13″ model, which can now be pre-ordered on Amazon, is based on a Core i5 CPU. It’s clocked at 1.60 GHz, supports hyperthreading for two virtual cores on top of the two physical. 3MB cache should be enough not to choke multi-tasking performance. Due to the fact that this CPU supports 8GB DDR3 1066/1333 memory at most, Series 5 ultrabooks are inherently capped at the same amount.
Samsung decks the basic model with a spacious 4GB/1333MHz RAM, upgradeable to 8GB. Spacious for everyday tasks and I suspect you won’t use your ultra-thin for many non-everyday tasks.
It weighs 3.06 LBs (1.39Kg), should you buy yours with SSD. The HDD version is slightly heavier, weighing in at 3.15 LBs (1.43Kg). The SSD gets you 128 or 256GB of disk space. There is only one HDD option and that is the 500GB Sata II drive with 16GB of SSD cache.
Both 13 and 14″ utilize 1366×768 screens, the latter being 0.7″ bigger diagonally than the former.
There is no optical drive in the 13″ version, Samsung however managed to squeeze a DVD burner into the 14″ version.
HDMI covers your video-out needs, though there seems to be an option to hook the machine to standard VGA via a dongle. Other than the standard pair of USB 2.0 ports, the ultrabook offers one of the latest 3.0 standard as well. The 14″ gives two.
How long will the battery last you? Samsung claims to have achieved 6.5 hours on both the 13 and 14 inch 530U Series 5.
The most basic HDD, 4GB RAM option sets you back by $899.99.
Fancy 128GB flash based storage instead? $1,099.99 at the tills.
As usual, my personal take under the line. I expect Samsung’s Ultrabook to do slightly better in the category than other competitors. My reasoning for this is that Apple is considered number one with its Air by many. Those who oppose purchasing anything Apple will most probably go to Samsung first following the recent clash of the two companies. Now, if you read any of my older posts (the Dell XPS 13 post for one) you might have noticed I’m not entirely thrilled by the current iteration of ultrabooks.
Simply put, Apple was first to break the ice and go all-out on making really thin yet powerful enough-laptops. They’ve had years of headway to perfect their product. The latest Macbook Air may fall short on a few parameters like the lack of USB 3.0 or the less forgiving entry-price. One front it doesn’t fail on: years of data and engineering experience Apple has gained from having manufactured millions of it. If the folks at Cupertino don’t miscount their steps, the more favourable position for them to be is to be the one copied.
If Samsung and other companies aim to up their sales figures on ultrabooks, they will need more customers than those who buy against Apple. A lot more. Superiority in specs might not be enough in a market segment, where customers are conditioned not to care about specs. Either way, competition is good for us consumers on the long run.
via Liliputing, Samsung.
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