Samsung unveils new Series 7 notebooks ahead of CES 2013
By Chris Wood
January 3, 2013
Samsung’s PC division is kicking off the CES festivities a little early this week, with the unveiling of two new products in its high-end Series 7 line. The all-new Series 7 Ultra and updated Series 7 Chronos boast some impressive specs and are set to be in full attendance at the company’s CES booth next week.
The first thing you’re likely to notice about the updated Series 7 Chronos is that it’s been on a diet. The new system comes in at 0.82 inch (20.9 mm), cutting a few millimeters off its predecessor’s 0.94 inch (23.9 mm) thickness. Unfortunately, that improvement isn't mirrored in the system's weight. The new Chronos is actually slightly heavier than the old model, at 2.35 kg (5.18 lbs) to the original’s 2.29 kg (5.04 lbs).
But fear not, that extra weight has been put to good use, with the system’s internals receiving some significant upgrades. The CPU has been updated with the latest Intel i7 chip (3635QM) and the system can now be configured with up to 16 GB RAM and 1 TB of storage. The display has also received an update from 1600 x 900 to 1920 x 1080 and features 10-point multi-touch functionality and a 300-nit brightness. Lastly, the GPU has been upgraded from the HD6750M to the more powerful AMD Radeon HD 8870M. Despite the high-end specs, Samsung claims that the system will run for up to 11 hours on a single charge.
Though the Chronos might be the more powerful of the two, the specs of Samsung’s latest Ultrabook are nothing to baulk at. The Series 7 Ultra will be available with a choice of i5 or i7 processors, will feature up to 16 GB RAM, a 256 GB SSD and, like the Chronos, comes with AMD graphics (albeit the less powerful HD8570M). The system’s 1920 x 1080, 350-nit display will be available in both standard and touch-enabled configurations, with the non-touch version of the notebook coming in at 17.5 mm (0.69 inches) thick. The touch model is a little thicker at 18.9 cm (0.74 inches). It also weighs slightly more, at 1.65 kg (3.6 lbs) compared to the standard model’s 1.46 kg (3.2 lbs) offering. The notebook’s screen will feature 178 degree viewing angles and Samsung claims the system will provide up to eight hours of battery life.
Both systems will run on Redmond’s latest touch-centric Windows 8 OS and will feature backlit keyboards, both USB 2.0 and 3.0 connectivity, an HDMI port, JBL speakers and 720p webcams. There’s no word yet on pricing or availability, but be sure to check back next week for more from Samsung at CES 2013.