February 24, 2011

Samsung Takes Aim At Apple With Slim Notebook

South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., in an attempt to steal away a bit of thunder from Apple's recently released next generation MacBook Air, launched an ultra-slim notebook on Thursday, Reuters reports.

Samsung, flexing its muscle as one of the stronger rivals, hopes to counter Apple's products with its own high-end notebook computer.

Named the "9-Series", the stylish notebook offers a 13.1-inch screen and weighs in at less than 3 lbs. The company also plans to launch a smaller 11-inch notebook computer in the upcoming weeks. Samsung has said it wishes to rise to the No. 6 position in the global mobile PC market this year, one place up from last year's seventh place.

Samsung is aiming at a price of around $1,600 and would launch globally launched next month in the Americas and Europe. The price may be on the steep side for notebooks but it comes with a set of premium specifications.

The "Ultra Vivid" LED backlit display will offer brightness up to 400 units, a claimed 100,000:1 contrast ratio, and true 8-bit per component color (many laptop displays are 6-bit panels) with wide, 160-degree viewing angles.

Samsung says its new lithium polymer batteries are good for up to 1,000 charge/discharge cycles or about three years, twice the charging cycles of typical batteries. Samsung offers multiple charging modes, like "Battery Life Extender" mode and "Express Charging" mode.

Connectivity will be a strong suite as well, with built-in USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0, WiMAX, and the latest Wi-Fi and USB Sleep & Charge technologies.


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