Shown at the CES show this year, the Samsung Series 9 is soon to go on sale in Australia. The Series 9 will be the first laptop to be contracted of Duralumin, more often used as construction material in aeroplanes and Lamborghini cars. Duralumin is extremely light, but is twice as strong as aluminium.
The Samsung Series 9 laptop has a 13 inch screen, using Samsung’s SuperBright Plus screen technology, with a rating of 400nits, which Samsung claims makes the screen eminently readable in daylight/outdoors setting. There is criticism of the use of this brightness unit as a meaningful measurement unit, so the proof is in the pudding on this.
Luckily, I was able to take the one Samsung Series 9 in this country, and look at the screen under a very sunny Gold Coast sky. While ideally I wouldn’t want to use a computer very often in that bright a circumstance, not only could I see the screen reasonably well, I could also track the mouse cursor well enough. I’ve said this before in reference to phones, but Samsung does do screens well.
In other specs, the Series 9 weighs 1.31 kilograms, and is 16.3 mm thin. The thinnest by 1 mm apparently! Onboard is Microsoft Windows 7, a 2nd generation Intel Core i5 processor, 1.3 megapixel webcam, 128GB solid state drive and up to 4GB memory. The Samsung Series 9 will go from switching on to ready to work in 12 seconds.
The Samsung Series 9 is an incredibly svelte computer, and with its bright screen, durability and quick start it looks a winner.
Samsung Series 9 price and availability
The Samsung Series 9 computer will go on sale in Australia this month. Pricing details will be announced in a couple of weeks.
UPDATE: March 17, 2011 – it appears the Samsung Series 9 will go on sale at $2,499 RRP. Ouch. The MacBook Air, which is the direct competitor of the Samsung Series 9, sells for $1,599 / $1,999, (depending on which of the two standard configurations you go with).