Samsung prepping cheaper Series 3 notebooks


— 11:42 AM on June 23, 2011

Samsung notebooks hold a special place in at least one of our editors' hearts. The company's new Series 9 notebooks look very slick, too, but they're a little on the pricey side. Thankfully, it looks like Samsung is set to roll out a batch of more affordable notebooks, including ultraportables, in a new Series 3 line.

Although the systems haven't appeared on Samsung's site, Engadget spotted a 12.1" model at a Digital Experience event. The Series 3 family will apparently include designs with 11.6", 12.1", 13.3", 14", and 15.6" screen sizes. Matte displays appear to be an option for some systems, as will Llano-based AMD APUs. There isn't much detail available on specifications, though.

We do know that the Series 3 notebooks will be affordable. The 15.6" model is reportedly set to ring up at $599 with a Core i3 CPU and just $819 with a Core i7. All the members of the family are said to offer "premium finishes, solid keyboards, and pleasant touchpads." Sounds like the Ultrabook market is going to be a crowded one.

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