Samsung’s 9 Series Ultra-Thin Priced and Ready to Buy, But Is It Too Expensive?

The Samsung 9 Series laptop, which we previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year and awarded a Best of CES 2011 award to, is now priced by Samsung and will go on sale today, March 17th. What’s dubbed as a MacBook Air-killer, the thing that may kill the 13-inch 9 Series may be its price tag, which comes in at $1,649 for the second-generation Core i5 Intel Sandy Bridge ultra-portable notebook and Windows 7 Home Premium; Windows 7 Professional costs an extra $50.

By comparison, the base 128 GB SSD model of the 13-inch MacBook Air from Apple costs just $1,300 and the 256 GB SSD premium option comes in at $1,600; the 9-Series costs more than both models. To be fair, though, the MacBook Air currently runs on the older Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, but does have an integrated GPU made by NVIDIA to handle the graphics load whereas the 9-Series relies on Intel’s comparable graphics solution. Additionally, while the 9 Series may have half the storage of the most expensive Air, it does offer twice the RAM at 4 GB of RAM.

The 11-inch 9 Series model will ship in April and will rival the 11-inch MacBook Air. The smaller model will instead come with an Intel Core i3 dual-core CPU rather than the i5 chip.

Via: PC Mag

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