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Samsung Series 9 Part 2: the lightest of them all

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Samsung Electronics yesterday announced the second generation Samsung Series 9 notebook at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, representing the cutting edge of the new Ultrabook format. Check out that boot time …

The second generation Samsung Series 9 notebook, announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas yesterday, features one of the thinnest, lightest laptop form factors ever introduced.

Super-slim components were tailor-made to fit into the innovative single shell body, making the second generation Series 9 an ideal choice for power business users and discerning consumers alike.

‚When designing the new Series 9, we focused on improving key elements that our customers loved in the original award winning Series 9, including the sophisticated, lightweight design,‚ said Todd Bouman, vice president of product marketing at Samsung Enterprise Business Division.

‚Our engineers worked very hard to develop the amazingly thin form factor and one of the most compact chassis in the world, which allowed us to house a 15-inch display in a 14-inch chassis. We also made changes to the new model based on customer feedback, such as the inclusion of a 1600×900 high resolution screen, to truly make this a top-of-the line, irresistible laptop that represents the ultimate in Samsung precision engineering and premium design.‚

Innovative Craftsmanship

Weighing as light as 2.5 pounds and measuring just a half inch thin, the second generation Samsung Series 9 leads the charge of the new Ultrabook format, which is expected to give the Apple MacBook Air serious competition this year.

The new Series 9 has been Artfully crafted by Samsung’s team with over 33,000 hours in research, design and development. The end result is a laptop that is 37 percent thinner and 0.4 pounds lighter than the original Series 9, as well as more visually striking.

The build is nearly seamless, using an aluminum single shell body and featuring a more pronounced Series 9 hallmark polished edge.

Key components such as the LCD panel, keyboard, motherboard, cables, fans and battery have been customized with precision to fit into the Series 9’s extra flat single shell body. Additionally, the Series 9 has been sand-blasted for fingerprint resistance, keeping the Mineral Ash Black colored body and natural matte aluminum sides pristine at all times.

Unrivaled Screen Quality

The second generation Series 9 display is astonishingly thin thanks to Samsung’s engineers carefully thinning the layers of the LCD screen. Featuring 1600×900 resolution and Samsung’s SuperBright Plus technology (400 nit), the screen comes in13.3-inch or 15-inch versions.

The display is housed in one of the thinnest and most compact chassis ever, enabling Samsung to fit a 15-inch screen in a 14-inch chassis, reducing the product’s overall size. The wide viewing angle and matte nature of the display makes for easy use both inside and out, while the backlit keyboard lets you remain productive even in low lighting.

With a stunningly slim profile measuring just 0.58 inches and weighing just 3.5 lbs, makes this 15-inch Series 9 almost 50 percent more compact than any existing 15-inch thin & light notebooks.

Cutting Edge Performance

The second generation Samsung Series 9 includes a 128 GB SSD and Intel Core i5-2467M processor at launch. Accessible connectivity was also highlights major improvements, moving everything to the corners without any impedance: users can easily access video, audio and data connectivity including USB 3.0 and a multi-card reader.

Thanks to Samsung’s Fast Solutions technology, the new Series 9 boots in as little as 9.8 seconds and wakes up in 1.4 seconds and offers web browsing speeds that are up to twice as fast.

Perfect for road warriors, Samsung’s exclusive Easy Settings make it effortless to connect the Series 9 to wireless networks, projectors and more by providing easy access to commonly used PC settings, resulting in stress-free business travel and presentations. With Samsung Easy Migration, users can transfer existing files to the new laptop by connecting their old PC to the new one and simply launching and starting Easy Migration.

For ultimate mobility, the Series 9 offers up to ten hours of real-time battery life for the 15-inch and up to seven hours on the 13.3-inch, keeping users connected to both their professional and personal lives all day. Additionally, the inclusion of Samsung Battery Life Plus technology means that the battery will retain 80 percent of its original capacity for up to 1,500 charges ‚ giving users a battery that can last up to five times longer than other notebooks and works whenever and wherever they need it, even after three years of use.

A Samsung Support Center is accessible with a keyboard shortcut, to help users manage their system settings or arrange for a tech-support web chat. Samsung’s Back-up & Recovery Solution also allows users to create and restore back-ups of system data on the device, or on a network or removable storage device.

The second generation Samsung Series 9 will be available in the USA starting February 27, 2012. It will retail for $1,399.99 for the 13.3-inch and $1,499.99 for the 15-inch. It will be available in South Africa later this year. For more information, visit www.samsung.com.

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