With 5 days left for the CES to start, Samsung has announced two notebooks to the Series 7.
The two new high-performance laptops include the Series 7 Ultra ad Series 7 Chronos, both featuring AMD graphics.
Starting with the Ultra, this is the first Ultrabook in the Series 7 family, which emphasizes performance more than other PCs in Samsung’s lineup. It’ll be available in two versions, one with a touchscreen and one without, but even then, you’ll find variants with different processors (Core i5 or i7) and different storage capacities (128GB or 256GB). Whichever configuration you choose, though, you’ll get a 350-nit, 1080p display, up to 16GB of RAM, a backlit keyboard and a 1GB AMD HD8570M GPU. Other specs include three USB ports (two 2.0, one 3.0), HDMI, Ethernet, mini-VGA, a memory card reader and a battery rated for up to eight hours (we’re assuming that’s the non-touch model).
David Song, Senior Vice President of IT & Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics, said at the press conference that “2012 was a definitive year for Samsung’s PC business – we expanded our lineup, taking advantage of the new form factors and consumer demand. This led to significant growth in the industry. In 2013, we will continue to focus on innovation delivering products that fit into customer lifestyles while maintaining Samsung’s high-end design and performance standards. The new Series 7 Chronos and Ultra products are just two examples of what you can expect to see from us throughout the year.”
As for the new Series 7 Chronos, Samsung actually just teased it in a video earlier today. Based on that, we already knew the 15-inch version would be refreshed with AMD’s new AMD Radeon HD 8870M GPU, whose RAM accelerator technology claims to increase browsing and general application speeds by up to 150 percent. Other than that, it packs a 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 3635QM CPU, a 300-nit, 1080p display, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage, an optional touchscreen, a backlit keyboard, JBL speakers and 11 hours of battery life.
The pricing hasn’t yet been announced for either of the two products.