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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Samsung Unveils Series 5 Ultrabook With Touch Screen

Among the veritable smorgasbord of new Windows 8 systems unveiled today at IFA is the latest iteration of Samsung's Series 5 ultrabook.
While it's slightly thicker and heavier than its predecessor, the new model's dimensions and processor nonetheless fall well within the ultrabook parameters as defined by Intel. On first blush, the updated model looks like a dead ringer for its predecessor, with a svelte profile wrapped in an attractive aluminum chassis. The similarities continue until you notice the Windows 8 sticker on the right side of the palm rest. As your eyes continue drifting upward, they'll eventually settle on the critical ingredient that sets the Series 5 apart from its forebears: the touch screen.
Although the 13.3-inch display looks exactly like the previous edition, it's actually a capacitive touch screen. Clearly, Samsung is betting on the assumption that flipping, pinching, and swiping through Windows 8's tiled interface will make for a more intuitive and fluid user experience. Users wary of Window 8's new layout won't be left in the dark, either, as Samsung will include a utility that allows Windows 8 to replicate the familiar start menu and control panel seen on all of its earlier versions. This feature will be made all the more accessible since the new Series 5 will also sport the same touchpad seen on previous models.
Like its predecessor, the new Series 5 ultrabook features a fairly lean port selection. The right side sports dual USB 2.0 ports and a multiformat card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC). The left side, meanwhile, sports a USB 3.0 port, a mini VGA port, and a full-size HDMI port. Purchasers have the option of choosing either a Corei5 ($799) or Core i7 ($899) configuration for their system.
The revamped Series 5 ultrabook will be released in conjunction with Windows 8 on Oct. 26.




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