Let the Gaming begin! Using the Ultrabook branding, Samsung have officially announced two interesting Ultrabooks that extend the category in a number of directions. The Samsung Series 5 Ultrabooks will offer a larger screen option, terabyte storage and AMD HD7550M discreet graphics in some models.
Samsung Series 5 Ultrabooks launched in homeland, South Korea today.
The press release introduces two models…
The Series 5, 14-inch product has a thickness of 20.9mm and weighs 1.8kg Not exactly the lightest of Ultrabooks but to be fair, Intel have never set a weight restriction on Ultrabooks. It’s got an aluminium exterior and houses a 1TB Hybrid Hard drive. The Hybrid HDD/SSD also appears on the Acer Aspire S3. In addition, Samsung have included AMD’s ‘high-performance’ Hybrid Graphics HD7550M. As with the hybrid hard drive, the 14” screen and the weight, the discreet graphics are in-spec. We’re not sure about that 20.9mm thickness though.
Update: Intel confirmed to us this afternoon that these are officially Ultrabooks.
The 13-inch Series 5 product has a thickness of 14.9mm, weighs 1.4kg, focuses on mobility and includes a 500GB drive. There’s no discreet graphics on this model as far as we can see.
A 128GB SSD is available as an option but the hybrid hard drive options will use the 16GB SSD and Express Cache to speed things up. Full size LAN, HDMI and VGA ports are included and the devices have a matt display. One can assume these will be available in Core i3, i5 and i7 variants and that they will roll out across the globe although there’s no confirmation of final specs or any word from other Samsung offices yet.
Both models start at the Korean price equivalent of around $1150.
One we get the full spec we’ll add these into the database where we’ll start to see an interesting overlap between the Ultrabooks and the Ultrabook alternatives.