Samsung launches Series 7 CHRONOS notebook
By Paul Ridden
September 1, 2011
No doubt looking to capitalize on the success of its gorgeous Series 9 notebook, Samsung has unveiled two Series 7 CHRONOS premium notebooks at IFA 2011. Thanks to something Samsung has dubbed MAX screen technology, the company has managed to squeeze 15- and 15.6-inch screens into frame sizes normally reserved for 14- and 15-inch notebooks. Both models will come with an Intel Core i7 processor, a spacious 750GB HDD and 8GB of DDR3 system memory. There's also some extra flash memory on the motherboard that's said to result in faster startup times and enhanced performance.
Samsung says that its new Series 7 CHRONOS notebook can wake from sleep in around two seconds and is ready to go from cold in just 19 seconds, representing a 33 percent improvement on previous models. This is achieved thanks to ExpressCache technology that sees an extra 8GB of flash memory on the motherboard, coupled with the raw power offered by Intel's Core i7 2675QM Quad Core processor running at 2.2GHz.
The CHRONOS will be available in two screen sizes, both with an outdoor-friendly 300-nit brightness and 1600 x 900 resolution. The model featuring the anti-reflective, LED backlit, slim bezel 15-inch display weighs just 4.78 pounds (2.17kg), and the 15.6-inch screen version weighs 5.09 pounds (2.31kg). Both versions are 0.94-inch (23.9mm) thin and feature an AMD Radeon HD6750M GPU with a gigabyte of dedicated GDDR5 memory.
High definition audio is supplied by Samsung's SoundAlive audio technology through a pair of 2W stereo speakers and a 2W embedded subwoofer. The notebooks run on Windows 7 Professional (64-bit edition), have a backlit keyboard that incorporates useful ambient light sensing auto adjustment and are shipped with Samsung's Easy Migration software that help take the strain out of file transfer from an old computer over USB connection, Ethernet or Wi-Fi network.
Finishing off the specs are two USB 3.0 ports and a USB 2.0 port, a 4-in-1 media card reader, a Super-Multi optical drive, HDMI-out, a 1.3 megapixel high definition webcam and wireless connectivity in the shape of Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
The included 80Wh, 8-cell battery is said to offer up to eight hours on a single charge, and Samsung's Battery Life Plus technology is also reported to significantly extend the useful life of the battery.
At the time of writing, we have no information on release and pricing - we'll keep you posted.