It seems like the notion of an ultrabook is changing already. After a few months, we’re beginning to see changes in the design of the ultrabook. They’re becoming bigger, or even have disc drives!
But what is an ultrabook first?
Before we go out and ramble on about how ultrabooks are changing already, let’s define what an ultrabook originally meant first.
An ‘ultrabook’ is a term coined by Intel that represents a newer generation of laptops. They’re meant to be ultraportable, powerful, fast, and at the same time affordable. Now, the poster boy for the ‘ultrabook’ is the MacBook Air. Basically, an ultrabook is a Windows version of Apple’s MacBook Air.
One thing that ultrabooks don’t have is the presence of an optical drive. This piece of hardware is taken out in an effort to reduce weight and size. Also, they make use of SSD’s instead of HDD’s. SSD’s are significantly thinner than HDD’s. Since they’re thinner, they’re also lighter. Other features of ultrabooks include Intel processors and lightweight construction. Another one is the screen size of 11 – 13 inches.
Samsung’s Current Ultrabook
Since the market is currently saturated with plenty of ultrabooks of differing variations, Samsung has decided to break one rule of the ultrabook – a bigger screen size. We’ll take a look at this laptop that defies such conventions set forth by Intel.
Samsung Series 9 (2012 version)
The Samsung Series 9 defies conventions by being the first ultrabook to be bigger than the norm. In fact, it has a 15 – inch screen that’s bound to raise some purist’s eyebrows, but that doesn’t mean the whole machine is less of an ultrabook. In fact, Samsung has improved on its design from the first generation Series 9.
When you lay your eyes on the Samsung Series 9, you’ll notice that the design is very minimalistic. It has a very flat cover and very sharp, square – ish lines, giving it a modern feel.
You’ll be surprised that to know that this ultrabook features a very solid construction, which is different from the matte plastic we generally see right now.
The Series 9 is adorned with a solid steel construction in dark gray, and it feels very smooth to the hand. It’s almost a premium laptop, which we think is the direction Samsung is going with the Series 9.
Since ultrabooks are thin, you’ll be happy to know that Samsung conforms to these standards. For a 15 – inch ultrabook, the Series 9 only measures .58 inches thick and weighs only 3.3 pounds. That’s incredibly light for a 15 inch laptop. Most 15 inch laptops weigh at least more 5 – 6 pounds and measure at least an inch thick! That’s a significant difference.
Lugging this laptop around won’t be very hard to do, thanks to the significantly reduced weight. You’ll be very happy if you buy this laptop when it’s released.
In the next part, we’ll explore how Samsung makes use of the 15 – inch screen, as well as other hardware.