Samsung Series 9 15-inch First Video Hands On: Ultrabook Size, Big Display

LAS VEGAS — How does a 15-inch display inside a 3.5-pound design sound? That’s exactly what the Samsung Series 9 15-inch delivers. A bigger brother to the Series 9 13-inch, this ultraportable features a bright 300-nit screen with a high 1600 x 900 resolution as well as Core i5 power. All of this inside a slim aluminum body that’s only 0.6 inches thick.

Available in April for $1,499, the Series 9 15-inch costs $100 more than the 13-inch version, but Samsung will include 8GB of RAM (up from 4GB for the 13-inch). Plus, because there’s more room for a beefier battery, this notebook has a rated battery life up to 10 hours.

During our brief hands-on at CES 2012, the keyboard offered slightly better travel than the 13-inch version, and it’s backlit. And the monster size clickpad worked well–but we’ll need more time with the machine to be satisfied.

Rumor has it that Apple will soon release a 15-inch MacBook Air, and we couldn’t think of a better preemptive attack. Check out our hands on video and gallery below. 

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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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