Apple MacBook Air Update matches Samsung Series 9

Posted on 20 July 2011, Last updated on 20 July 2011 by

Both the Samsung 900X1B and the Apple MacBook Air that was announced today should be available from tomorrow. Both weigh the same. Both use a similar ‘Sandy Bridge’ platform, both offer an 11.6″ screen, both look sleek and both cost about $1000.

One runs Windows 7, the other runs the newly-available Apple OS X Lion operating system.

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Both are, in my eyes, Ultrabooks. Intel may not agree when they finally publish their Ultrabook sepcifications but for the time being, this is about as close as it gets to 1KG, high-capability mobile computing.

For a few dollars and a few ounces more you could go to the 13″ versions of these with even more power and capability but the real fight here is between Windows and IOS, with a touch of fan-leverage too. Early reviews of Lion (there’s a huge one here at ARS Technica) make exciting reading.

But what happens in September when the real ‘ultrabooks’ arrive. The MBA and Series 9 are rather expensive for an 11″ notebook, especially when you consider the Sandy Bridge based Lenovo Thinkpad X121e is coming in at about 30% less in Europe right now. Ultrabooks should come in below the prices of these premium ultra-thin laptops and soon after that, the choice should widen considerably and introduce competition. The $750 Ultrabook is surely not too far away.

Still, if it’s Lion you want, there will only be one choice for the next year so don’t expect any price drops on the MBA!

As reviews of the two products come in, they’ll be added to the Ultrabooknews product newsfeed. 

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