Samsung's premium Series 9 laptop might have all the makings of an ultrabook, with a slim chassis, solid-state storage, and a low-power CPU, but it actually predates the formal launch of the new notebook category—and it's a little pricey to boot. A more formulaic ultrabook is Samsung's Series 5, which has just gone up for pre-order in the U.S. E-tailer J&R sells it for only $899.99.
That price get you a 13-inch system with a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, four gigs of RAM, a 500GB mechanical hard drive with 16GB Express Cache, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 3.0, an "HD" webcam, and a four-cell lithium-polymer battery. J&R says the machine weighs "less than 3.25 lbs" and has a thickness of 0.58-0.69". The full spec sheet actually lists the weight as 3.24 lbs; I'm not sure why they didn't just say that in the main description, but there you go.
Oh, and here's how the system looks, based on the photography from Samsung's Korean press release:
Provided the build quality is up to snuff, $900 for that kind of computer may be a solid deal. It's too bad Samsung stuck in a mechanical hard drive instead of going all solid-state, though. Best Buy is still selling that 13-inch Toshiba ultrabook with its 128GB SSD for $849.99. (Thanks to Lilliputing for the link.)
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