Samsung Series 7 Chronos And Ultra: Can They Redefine Mobile Computing?
Samsung recently took the wraps off two new additions to its Series 7 laptop line-up at the CES 2013. The new devices in question are the brand new Series 7 Ultra "730U3E" and the enhanced Series 7 Chronos "770Z5E."
Per the company, the two new devices "combine powerful performance with design excellenc" and are "equipped to handle both work and entertainment applications."
"In 2013, we will continue to focus on innovation delivering products that fit into customer lifestyles while maintaining Samsung's high-end design and performance standards. The new Series 7 Chronos and Ultra products are just two examples of what you can expect to see from us throughout the year," said David Song, Samsung's SVP of IT and Mobile Communications.
With two robust devices set to hit the shelves soon, the burning question is can the Samsugn offerings redefine mobile computing?
We take a look at what the ultrabooks are capable of in the quest for answers.
Series 7 Chronos (770Z5E)
This svelte offering from Samsung is targeted at professionals and sports a 15.6-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels) with 300nit brightness, as well as 10-point multi-touch support. The device is quite a powerhouse and is fueled by a quad-core 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor and features AMD Radeon HD 8870 graphics. The device measures 14.80 x 9.84 x 0.82 inches and weighs just 5.18 pounds, which is quite light when compared to other 15.6-inch laptops.
The Chronos has 4GB of RAM which can be boosted to 16GB. The 1TB of storage it packs inside is sufficient for all your movie, music, and gaming download needs. A notable feature of the device is its battery life. Samsung claims that the Series 7 Chronos (770Z5E) can support up to 11 hours of usage.
Samsung also claims that certain apps like Internet Explorer will launch one and half times faster on the Chronos, thanks to the "AccelRAM" caching feature. Moreover, the device will resume from the Sleep mode in as little as two seconds!
The Windows 8-powered laptop also has a touchpad and keyboard, 2 USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, and heaphone and microphone in/out, making it perfect for professionals on the go.
Samsung is yet to disclose the pricing and release date for the device.
Series 7 Ultra (730U3E)
This new ultrabook from the Samsung stable has a 13.3-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels) with 10-finger multi-touch support. The ultrabook weighs just 3.6 pounds, is 0.74 inches thick, and has a 6-second boot up time.
What's more, the Ultra's display is wider and brighter than previous iterations. The Series 7 Ultra (730U3E) has a 178-degree viewing angle, making it easier to adjust the screen angles. The ultrabook is available in two processor variants - Intel i5 or Intel i7.
Samsung claims that the device has been "designed as the ultimate ultrabook for multimedia." The Sereies 7 Ultra will be available in both touch as well as non-touch variants and "embodies superior mobility and performance in an ultra-slim and light, full aluminum body."
The Windows 8-powered ultrabook houses AMD HD8570M graphics and up to a 256GB SSD. Samsung claims that the 4G LTE-enabled device will offer nearly eight hours of battery life, which is pretty impressive for a device this size.
The device houses 1GB of RAM and has one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, HDMI, mini VGA, and headphone in/out as well as microphone in/out. The laptop's keyboard is backlit and features a slim security slot "to ensure that the device is securely tethered" when needed.
However, like the Chronos, Samsung is yet to reveal the pricing and release date for the Ultra.
Both the Series 7 Chronos and the Ultra pack in features that will give the current crop of laptops a run for their money. Pricing may be an important factor when it comes to market success, but judging by what's under the hood, the Samsung Series 7 Chronos and Ultra look set to redefine mobile computing.