Samsung’s new Windows 8 notebooks feature touch screens and specs that are suitable for some serious content creation.
Samsung lifted the covers off its latest Windows 8 notebooks at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week.
The New Series 7 Chronos is a refresh of last year’s well received (old) Series 7 Chronos. This 15.6 inch screen notebook’s full aluminum chassis has been slimmed down for 2013 to 20.9 mm. Samsung had to dropped the optical drive to slim down its profile.
The Chronos’ specifications include a quad-core Intel 2.4 Ghz 3635QM processor, up to 16 GB of RAM, a 1 TB hard drive and AMD’s new Radeon HD 8870M GPU, making this not only a powerful notebook for gaming, but an ideal notebook for video editing, 3D modeling and other demanding content creation tasks. Since it is a Windows 8 machine, it sports a full HD (1920×1080) 300nit MVA display with 10-point multi-touch. Samsung is claiming that the New Series 7 Chronos will have up to 11 hours of battery life, which is pretty durable for such a powerful machine.
Also shown was the Series 7 Ultra, a brand new model in Samsung’s notebook line-up, which fits inbetween the low-cost Series 5 Ultrabook and premium Series 9 Ultrabook. The Series 7 Ultra has a full aluminum chassis that is only 18.9 mm thick, but still manages to fit a full Ethernet port. It will come with a choice of Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors, up to 16GB of RAM, up to a 256GB SSD and has a AMD Radeon 8570M graphics card, dedicated graphics being something that is uncommon in Ultrabooks. Again, since it is a Window 8 notebook, it has a 10-point touch 350nit full HD screen.
Pricing and availability for the New Series 7 Chronos and Series 7 Ultra have not been announced by Samsung Canada