Samsung has just shown up its new line of Ultrabooks, the Samsung Series 5 in a media event in South Korea. The new Ultrabooks from Samsung come in two screen sizes - 13-inch and 14-inch - with large storage and RAM options. The 14-incher has a choice of up to 1TB of traditional storage option, while the 13-inch notebook has up to 500GB of traditional HDD storage or a 128GB SSD. The notebooks feature 8GB of RAM and they even come with optical drive.
Samsung Series 5 14-inch notebook mounts Core i5 processor, AMD graphics with a Radeon HD7550M GPU, Ethernet, HDMI port, optical drive and many others. But with a density of 20.9mm and weight of 1.8kg, Series 5 14-inch narrowly misses Intel’s Ultrabook standard. The chip maker has set 20.3mm depth as a key parameter for a notebook to become an Ultrabook. Moreover, an Ultrabook should have only SSD for internal storage. The 14-inch notebook is up with only a traditional hard disk drive for storage. And it is heavier than an Ultrabook should be.
Meanwhile, Samsung Series 5 13-inch, with its 14.9mm thick body, 1.4kg weight and 128GB SSD option, is really an Ultrabook. It has almost the same specs of the 14-inch notebook. You have similar processor, RAM options and optical drive on Series 13-inch also. But it has an internal storage up to 500GB HDD or 128GB SSD. As per analysts, the 13-inch Series 5 notebook will raise serious threat to Apple MacBook Air 13-inch and the new line of Windows 7-based Ultrabooks from various firms. In fact, most of Ultrabooks sport 13-inch displays.
Both notebooks of Samsung Series 5 are up with a few identical features, however. They can resume from hibernation in below 7 seconds and from sleep mode in just two seconds. Both computers are with better power efficiency and they are made of aluminum body. But when compared with the Ultrabooks from rivals like Asus, Series 5 Ultrabooks have some notable drawbacks. They are without Core i7 processors and have fat sizes and power-hungry HDDs instead of SSDs. The devices also lack gorgeous designs and body like other Ultrabooks in stores.
The South Korean company is to put the Series 5 notebooks for sales in Korea by the end of December. The 13-inch notebook is to carry a price tag between $1,124 and $1,298 and the 14-inch between $1,168 and $1,342. The company has not divulged anything about the possible release of the notebooks in international market including the U.S. Indeed, we can expect it sooner than later; because the Ultrabook market is too hot with many incredible products from manufacturers like Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer, Dell, Apple and many others. So Samsung might have plans to keep its name on market with the Series 5 line of notebooks.