August 31, 2008 It seems computer manufacturers are running out of unique model names with Samsung unveiling their X360 laptop, which might confuse less tech savvy shoppers looking to purchase an Xbox 360 or X300 series Lenovo laptop. With Apple’s Macbook Air firmly in its sights Samsung was showing off the new laptop at IFA in Berlin and touting the new model as, “fully featured and lighter than air”. Both claims turn out to be true with the X360 claiming the title of the world’s lightest 13.3-inch laptop coming in at just 2.8lb, (1.27kg), which is just under the Macbook Air’s 3lbs, (1.36kg), while featuring 3 USB ports, HDMI and VGA out, ExpressCard/34 slot, a 7-in-1 memory card reader, Ethernet socket and a 128GB SSD.

The X360 also includes an integrated 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless connectivity and an Intel Centrino 2 processor. The 13.3-inch display is of the LED variety guaranteeing a longer battery life of 6-10 hours on a single charge. The unit is made up of a magnesium alloy casing with a brushed aluminum plate on the LCD back which will be available in a variety of colors. Samsung failed to specify the dimensions of the unit suggesting the Macbook Air can still lay claim to at least one title.

The X360 will be available from September for around US$2200.

For further info visit Samsung.

Darren Quick